Design

Interior design

Office hottie— Geneva

Preface

This ethical investment firm in Geneva based the design of its office on the grand old banks. The dark decor draws the eye to a view of the lake and provides a welcoming space in which to earn your daily keep.

Architecture, Furniture, IJ Partners

A fat inbox and a red light on the voicemail: returning to the humdrum of the office after two weeks in the sun is the least pleasant moment of the summer. Not for the 25 employees of wealth ­management and investment company IJ Partners in Geneva, however. In a sixth-floor corner plot of a 1960s office block in the city centre, the Lazzarini Pickering-designed space looks over the lake’s clear waters and out to mountains beyond. For an inner-city corporate office, it’s a room with a view. But then this is not your average corporation.

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Company CV

Lazzarini Pickering

1982 Lazzarini Pickering established in Rome 1998 Receives the ADI Compasso d’Oro prize for its “Isotropo” furniture range 2004 Hotel Bad Dreikirchen in South Tyrol selected for the Italian Pavilion at the 9th Venice Architectural Biennale. Completes Fendi store in Paris 2006 Awarded 1st prize Millenium Yacht Design for the “Roma” sailing yacht 2010 Receives Designpreis Deutschland Gold for the “Wally Shaka” yacht

Q&A with Theodore Margellos

Managing partner,IJ Partners

Why did you decide to have the office designed in this way?
I had previously assigned work to Carl Pickering and Claudio Lazzarini and was extremely satisfied with the outcome. I explained then what IJ Partners [IJ stands for Informed Judgment] wanted to achieve: an innovative approach to wealth management based on trust, transparency and teamwork. And they delivered.

How does the design reflect the work you do?
Taking into consideration that our clients are high net worth individuals and family offices, we wanted the office space to be distinctive and client-friendly but not ostentatious in order to convey a message that IJ Partners is a 21st century company that respects values that go back a long way.

What atmosphere does the design create?
I believe a very relaxed one. At the same time it is a high quality, stylish environment.

How do your staff feel about the design?
They like it a lot – it is certainly very different from their previous working environment.

Do you think the office design affects the way your company operates?
It is very important to be in a pleasant yet businesslike environment, both for the people spending long hours in the office and for the clients visiting.

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