Soros Capital by SheltonMindel in Collaboration With Reed Morrison Architect: 2019 Best of Year Winner for Small Corporate Office
Not long ago, Robert Soros broke out and started his own financial firm. (His father, George, is the well-known philanthropist.) Soros’s spirit is echoed in his company’s 5,500-square-foot midtown Manhattan office, by Interior Design Hall of Fame member Lee F. Mindel. Working with Reed Morrison Architect, SheltonMindel introduces unconventionality right at the entry: Next to the cockpitlike reception desk is a floor-to-ceiling Barbara Kruger artwork proclaiming “Money Can Buy You Love.” The team threw curves into both the desk—with its bowed front—and an S-shape screen that divides reception from the trading floor, both made of clean white Corian.
Overhead, a grid of angled planes drops below the 12-foot ceiling, providing baffled light as well as visual interest. The walls echo the dimensionality of the ceiling but fake it with a trompe l’oeil shading of facets. At the perimeter, gray carpet gives way to green stripes, evoking the grass in Central Park, visible through the windows. A bench here runs the length of the workplace, extending into the glass-walled president’s office, to, Mindel says, “give the full dimensions of the space.”
Project Team: Marc Newman; Daniel Kimicata.