Over a decade ago, Dyer Brown designed the Boston office at 255 State Street for Sappi North America. Recently the company reached out again, this time with the goal of reducing the office size to a single 18,000-square-foot floor and refreshing and updating the aesthetic to better represent the corporate culture and brand image. Flexibility and budgetary goals were critical components to redesigning and consolidating their new workplace.
Aiming for a light and bright design that met these goals, efforts were concentrated on the reception area, conference rooms and pantry. Walls, fixtures, and lighting in the balance of the floor remained and were refreshed with new carpet and paint.
The largest conference room has folding walls that can subdivide to create smaller collaboration spaces. A smaller conference room features a completely retractable full-height glass folding wall, resulting into a “town hall” environment for up to 40 people. Millwork in the pantry and copy room features a proprietary Sappi texture layered into the finish.
To further meet budgetary goals, many existing chairs were reupholstered instead of replaced to match the palette of neutral and brand-inspired colors.