The Conservancy office in Chicago's historic Monadnock Building has been in need of a makeover for some time. Overstuffed filing cabinets with a quarter century worth of files on Wright buildings, mismatched shelving and rickety Ikea furniture greeted the small office staff every day.
Now thanks to Steelcase
and Forward Space
, and the initiative of Conservancy board member George Meyer, our offices are now outfitted in sleek furniture and storage solutions donated by Steelcase. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company has a long history with Frank Lloyd Wright, having built the Wright-designed workstations for the SC Johnson Administration Building and purchased the Wright-designed Meyer May House
(1908). Steelcase undertook a museum-quality restoration of the house and opens it free to the public. The company even hosted an event at its office during the Conservancy's 2013 conference in Grand Rapids. They were the perfect partner for our long-overdue office update, as was Chicago-based Steelcase distributor Forward Space, which planned and refined our office furniture and storage configuration and donated the substantial installation services and some additional pieces.
We're still getting settled into our new environment, unpacking boxes and planning where to hang artwork, but we couldn't be happier with all of the new furniture, storage and a design-savvy work environment!