We’re excited to debut a fresh, inspired new lobby experience in Chicago this summer – complete with socially accommodating spaces, shared work/networking desks, James Club amenities and even a fireplace to warm up by on winter Windy City evenings. 

The space was reimagined by New York-based design duo Daniel Heighes Wismer and Greg Dufner of Dufner Heighes Architects. And here’s what the talented duo had to say about the bright colors, warmly modern details and unique fixtures that bring the space to life. 

1. What was the overall inspiration for the design? 

2. If you had to pick one favorite piece or feature in the lobby, what would it be?

3. How did the Chicago locale factor into this design?

4. Any favorite places to visit in Chicago?