Client: Bass Berry & Sims
Location: Nashville (Pinnacle Building)
Architect: ASD | SKY
The big law firms have traditionally had old-school classic offices with dark wood, walls lined with bookcases full of law books, kind of a clubby, expensive look. (finish this)
The main material used throughout the office is high figured eucalyptus, which is a beautiful wood. This job required eucalyptus veneer in the boardroom, the corridors, on the ceiling, and we needed to match the grain as much as possible throughout. A job this large can’t be sourced from a single tree, so there were several trips up to Hi Tech Veneer just north of Louisville to find veneers from different trees with similar, pleasing grain matches.
The entrance features a large desk with a radiused front with slats. The challenge with that design was that the slats were ¾” by 1’ that followed the radius and wood doesn’t bend like that. In the waiting room there is furniture with a polyester finish which is very difficult to work with, but, when done properly, creates a beautiful finish.
In the boardroom, the desk is quite large, seating 40 and it features eucalyptus slats, stainless steel, stone inlays, integrated microphones. The room also features eucalyptus slats in the ceiling that allow for a drop-down projector. There are two tables made of ebony that were book matched, creating a fiddle that gives them a symmetrical look.
The architect was ASD | SKY out of Atlanta. Boult Cummings Connor and Berry (now Bradley) got the ball rolling on modern offices for law firms. Cam has done offices for most if not all of the big law firms in Nashville, and for the most part they’ve all been old-school classic law firm architecture and design with dark wood, lots of bookcases full of law books on the wall, like an expensive steak house feel. Then Boult Cummings Connor and Berry moved into the new Roundabout building and they went totally modern with sleek lines, lots of metal trim, and modern lighting. We did that office, and later Bass Berry & Sims called us to do their new modern office.
The Bass Berry & Sims office is high figured eucalyptus, and it’s just beautiful. This job required a ton of veneer all over, including the board room, the corridors, ceilings . . . it was all over the place. We had to source the veneer from Hi Tech Veneer in Indiana, and when you get into a job that large, you often have to use wood from different trees. Each tree is different and the trick is to find different trees that have similar, pleasing grain matches.
Cam did an awesome table for the boardroom. It’s huge. It seats around 40, it’s got eucalyptus slats, stainless steel, stone inlays, integrated microphones. Eucalyptus slats on the ceiling with a drop down projector.
The reception desk is also exquisite. Giant radiused front with slats. Three quarter by inch and a half slated that bent around, which was tricky, because wood doesn’t like to bend. We also did some furniture in the waiting room. This furniture has a polyester finish, which is extremely difficult to do, and easy to do wrong. But when done right, it’s a beautiful look. Two of the tables were made of ebony, which we book matched, creating a fiddle that we offset on the tables which makes them symmetrical looking.