In addition to designing the office for his namesake design firm, Gary Lee leveraged his many enterprises and talents to finish the space. Chai Ming Studios, his private line of high-end furniture, designed a custom sectional for a conference room and a daybed for the reception. Light fixtures and stools represented by his showroom Atelier Gary Lee elevate their areas, and three pieces of original Gary Lee paintings hang on the perimeter wall.


With an emphasis on materials and functionality, the new office is the interior design firm at its best.

Winner: 2018's Crain's Chicago Business Coolest Office

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