Crain's Chicago Business

2016 brought us plenty of office design trends to love: residential elements such as Oriental rugs; leasing programs that bring in rotating collections of high-end art; and a move toward softer color palettes with accents of blush and gold. But while design trends change year to year, some values always ring true: attractiveness, originality and functionality.

AJ Capital Partners

AJ Capital Partners’ new West Loop office blends industrial chic with such quirky elements as an art wall mixing portraits with vintage restaurant menus. Part of the 10,000-square-foot space serves as a model hotel room showcasing Graduate Hotels, the firm’s collegiate chain. Playful elements highlight the private real estate company’s “work hard, play hard” culture. For example; employees take breaks with an office basketball hoop, and conference room furniture doubles as a pingpong table.

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