August 23, 2017 . Workplace, Project Profiles, Design

Partners by Design Brings Their Expertise Home to New Headquarters

For 24 years, the Chicago-based architecture and design practice has been creating functional, design-forward spaces for clients around the U.S. and the world. Its open, energetic team of industry-leading architects and designers mobilizes to shape clients’ visions into environments that are functional, sustainable, and inspired by people. After all, Partners by Design believes that “outstanding work spaces begin with outstanding people.”

When it came time to move to a new 17,000 square foot Chicago headquarters in 2017, Partners by Design brought that talent home. The firm wanted to create a space where it could bring its mission statement to life, a space where its people could “overachieve because everyone will be surrounded by like-minded people who have passion for what they do and share a common pursuit of professional growth without barriers, while watching each other’s backs.”

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Project at a glance

Challenge: "After reconfiguring millions of square feet, relocating hundreds of thousands of employees, and redefining what an independent architecture and design firm can do for its clients, PBD met its biggest challenge to date: overseeing the construction and design of its new office."

Solution: Partners by Design specifies products for clients around the world. When it came time to update its own headquarters in Chicago, the firm chose to incorporate Watson desking in its open office environment.  

Industry: Architecture/Interior Design


"Watson has nice clean lines, good details, and cool on-trend finish options like the raw wood edge and the raw steel leg."

Lisa Tvrdy, Partners by Design Creative Director

Quality and design: a perfect partnership

Lisa Tvrdy, Creative Director at Partners by Design, selected Watson’s Miro desking and conference tables for the space after specifying the collection for many of the firm’s clients.  

“We love that Watson has nice clean lines, good details, and cool on-trend finish options like the raw wood edge and the raw steel leg.”

That distinctive raw steel Viga leg is just one delightful detail that makes Miro so iconic. The worksurface floats above a triangular steel tube mitered at the corners to create an intricate design detail and a support structure that gives users superior strength and durability.


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Photography by: Tom Harris Architectural Photography

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