Many years ago we started working with the Hines team to define and brand a new project just blocks from the White House. CityCenter is now selling condos, leasing apartments, retail spaces and offices. With a master plan designed by Foster + Partners, Hines has developed a thriving neighborhood that serves as an example for urban planners everywhere.
We have been working with the Schatz family on a retrospective about the famed Chez Paree nightclub that existed at 610 North Fairbanks. Meanwhile—a large space in the building has been developed as an event (think weddings and corporate meetings) space called Chez.
Jimmy Durante and the Chez Paree Adorables circa 1957
Seems like yesterday that I met David Brininstool and Brad Lynch in their two man office on May Street.
As they officially start their 25th year designing and producing some of the most thoughtful, consistent and detail oriented spaces—we are proud to continue to work with them.
I often think how lucky I am to have had such great professional role models influence and guide me in my career.
Some of the best learning experiences have come from working with people who were the crafts people. Printers, illustrators, photographers and writers. Craftsman in the world of communication.
Steve Grubman was someone we started working with over 20 years ago. He was our go-to studio photographer, our client, our friend and a mentor to us all. I learned a lot from Steve—partly about photography, process and planning but the most valuable lessons were about how to enjoy what you do. Creativity while the clock is ticking is very hard—but Steve learned and showed us all how to manage it, make it better and in the end get a big smile from what we all produced.
At a time when all things cultural are in danger of being cut from budgets, it is great to know the the U.S. General Services Administration continues to commission fine art for civic buildings and has for more that 150 years.
A surprising variety of art from amazing artists like Frank Stella, Pae White, Arturo Herrera and Milton Glazer can be found in federal buildings and courthouses nationwide.
We've been fortunate to work with the GSA to create educational brochures for some of the more recent works, like this brochure featuring two pieces at the U.S. Point of Entry in Warroad, Minnesota, by artist Helen Mirra.
See more of our work for the GSA here.
Hellen Mirra, Tamarack Color Index, Warroad, Minnesota
Our friend and client Jenna Benn recently held a great event for Twist Out Cancer- the community she tirelessly promotes.
Through a mix of social media, original works by artists, celebrities and many dedicated volunteers, the event exceeded goals and added awareness for this great organization.
To celebrate the milestone anniversary year of the Chicago Board Options Exchange- we designed a special annual report wrap that covered many of the critical steps in the exchanges enduring success.
Researching their archives was an interesting view into computer evolution, dress codes and open outcry pits as well as the revolutionary products and programs that have become industry standards today.
Our yearly compilation of Liska projects has finally delivered. We were slightly off our original schedule to get it done in January (we moved our office, thought it might be an ebook, couldn't agree on a cover…)
If you would like a printed copy, let us know.
Almost Home Kids – a wonderful organization that helps medically fragile children and their parents transition from hospital to home – will open their second location this fall in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. We have been working with people from Gary Lee Partners and the Almost Home Kids board and staff to update their branding, communicate a complex story to a range of different audiences and ultimately raise much needed funds to help them serve more kids in need. It is a great collaboration and we are all proud to be part of it.