Open seating area underneath staircase
Seating underneath staircase

Shearman & Sterling

New York, New York

When Shearman & Sterling set out to design its global headquarters, it wanted a client-first environment that would honor the legacy of the firm. Founded in 1873, Shearman & Sterling has one of the most established and consequential legal legacies in American history and has inhabited the same space at 599 Lexington Avenue over multiple decades. Our task was to deliver bold, modern designs that support a future-focused program, while simultaneously rooting the design in the significant historical context of the client.

The emphasis throughout was to create a hospitality-rich environment that felt like a high-end gallery, while still being warm and people-focused. With the first two floors of the design dedicated to conference rooms, assembly spaces and amenities, special attention was paid to the visitor experience. The main reception is centrally located in the 3rd floor lobby, establishing human connection at the onset. A dramatic sculptural staircase that we installed connects the main lobby with the 2nd floor conference rooms, allowing programming to be split between the two levels. The angular rotated design of the staircase breaks away from the grid of the office, drawing inspiration from 599 Lexington’s unique geometry, providing a dynamic moment off the second-floor lobby.

Shearman Room Conference Room
Coffee Nook
Catered food outside conference room
Event room
Hospitality focused amenities, conference center, and public spaces create a welcoming experience for both visitors and employees.
The dynamic hub of activity radiates from the new European-inspired Café that features a full cooking kitchen, barista bar, cozy seating alcoves with curated artworks, a tech hub, and a variety of seating options that are easily reconfigured to accommodate functions of any scale.
The design draws from the 150-year history of the storied law firm while looking to the future, blending intimate moments of heritage, with hospitality-rich, client-centric spaces
Seating area under staircase
We installed a dramatic sculptural staircase that connects the main lobby with the 2nd floor conference rooms.
Conference room corridor
Gallery corridor
Select functional zones have the look and feel of a high-end gallery space, while still being warm and inviting.

Project Team

John Sadlon
Jennifer Graham
Brent Capron