Kimberly-Clark Office Expansion – Chicago

With the intention of connecting their near 150 years of history to the current day, Kimberly-Clark has expanded their offices to showcase the evolution of their paper good products with vintage touches while modernizing work styles that reflect the past, present, and future of the renowned company.

  • Client Kimberly-Clark,
  • size 15,000 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Location Chicago, Illinois, United States,
  • Industry FMCG,
  • Eastlake Studio designed the office expansion for personal care product company, Kimberly-Clark, located in Chicago, Illinois.

    Founded in 1872, Kimberly-Clark and its well-known paper products are an indispensable part of life for many Americans. In 2013, the company found a two-story space on the top floors of the Civic Opera Building, and called on Eastlake to work with a Madison-based interior designer to coordinate and implement the design.

    Kimberly-Clark called on us again in 2017 to expand and renovate the award-winning design in response to the new leadership’s culture-driven goals. They requested that the new space weave in elements of the company’s history, connecting it to the headquarters in Northern Wisconsin and the original Chicago sales office in Willoughby Tower, a 1920s landmark.

    Working with Kimberly-Clark’s marketing team, we incorporated enlarged vintage photos and line drawings into the design as murals and film on glazed partitions, bringing images of the past into the present. In the cafe, motifs from Willoughby Tower were transformed into wall covering, and a card catalog was created for product display and file storage in one of the adjacent office areas. Historical elements extend to the decorative metal ceilings, and the subtle art deco motif on the stairway railing.

    Our design process included an expansion to the balance of the floors, as well as a rethinking of the existing layout to make it more responsive to work style changes. We shifted the location of a stair and added more informal meeting areas. We also upgraded existing restrooms, adding humanizing touches consistent with the company’s culture. Unique touches like velvet banquettes and rattan hideout chairs give each space an upscale elegance, and contrast with the rustic, reclaimed wood flooring throughout. The new spaces successfully harmonize with the original design, and provides more visibility of Kimberly-Clark’s history within the context of a current workplace.

    DesignerEastlake Studio
    PhotographySteve Hall, Hall + Merrick Photographers