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New Software Firm HQ Makes Other Offices Recoil in Mediocrity

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[Photos by Chris Barrett]

It's Friday afternoon and not yet 5 o' clock—oh, to be sitting in an office like the new 11,000-square-foot Chicago HQ of 37signals, creator of project-management software such as Basecamp. The Brininstool, Kerwin and Lynch-designed floorplan creates a space that's "open in general" and "quiet when we need it" to promote "easy group collaboration without interrupting other people." Details include wood millwork; cork, felt and blackboard walls; custom-made desks; carpet tiles; acoustical wall tiles; a 37-seat theater for workshops; and three "phone rooms" for private calls, all within a palette of reds, browns, and grays. What could be more fitting for an office of nine people?

· The New Office: The Idea and Floor Plan [Signal vs. Noise]
· Official pictures of our new office [Signal vs. Noise]