Project Tour: Kuchar's office
The Kuchar office was designed to represent our culture and who we are as designers. We always push creative ideas, aren't afraid of color and welcome the ideas of everyone on the team. The color combinations are opinionated but the overall warmth of the space makes users comfortable and typically elicits a smile on our visitors' faces.
Scroll down to get the background of how we found this office, the before photos and the inspiration behind the design.
One of the main reasons for moving our office was to get better access to public transportation and to get closer to the design districts Fulton Market and Merchandise Mart. After touring several spaces over a few months with our amazing broker, we found our office! It's located in an old industrial building along the CTA Green Line tracks. The space boasts high ceilings and concrete structure which means we won't hear our neighbors (paint point for our old office)! Most importantly, we are just blocks away from the neighborhoods we wanted to be in.
The palette is a warm, beige (but beige in a GOOD way) backdrop with bold and strategic moments of color. We used Sherwin Williams - Chelsea Mauve as the base paint in our offices. It's a pinky-beige that has just the right touch of femineity to it. The concrete columns are a contrasting element which we painted in a dark oxblood color and in a glossy finish.
The palette was inspired by the trends we're seeing in the world of design and fashion. See our inspiration below!
Conference Room Rendering:
Our front entry is adjacent to our main conference room, which is painted in a dark peacock green giving it a moody and warm vibe. The chairs are upholstered in a light mint upholstery to lighten and soften the area where our team and clients meet.
Our kitchen is one of my favorite parts of the office. I've been on a tile-every-surface kick for a while now and I knew I had to experiment with that trend here. The inspiration can be seen below:
When studying our cafe in 3D, we debated on what color was best for this space. Using Revit as our rendering tool, it was great to play around with color options until we got it right. This is a typical process practice at Kuchar.
We ultimately landed on mint!
The kitchen island is tiled completely. Above it hangs paper lanterns - one of my favorite styles of lights. I love the lightness they bring to a space while also being a bold statement.
Our library is where all our project palettes get sourced and built. We have several islands which house bins for material samples. Here you can browse all of our in-progress projects and get a glimpse into what some of them will look like.
Inspiration for our workspace is below. I wanted a warm and calming space. The walls and carpet are beige with contrasting oxblood and cobalt accents. The existing aged brick was painted beige and is highlighted with a soft glow of arm sconces.
Workspace in-progress rendering:
Medium conference room:
Lastly, my office! The warm paint gets even warmer in this room and the lighting is soft. It's filled with plants as this room gets tons of light. The pendant lighting is one of my favorite lights - I just had to have them in my office!
The overall design is fun, warm, creative and inviting. All of the things I want in the space I work at weekly. It represents our culture perfectly. We look forward to having you in our space in-person, either as a client or a visitor!