Gamut
Chicago, Illinois
Gamut
Chicago, Illinois

Gamut is a new start-up that serves W. W. Grainger, a broad line, business-to-business distributor of maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services. The boxes in which Grainger products ship are beloved. Gamut is revolutionary in its ability to simplify complexity for its customers, and HKS’ workplace design builds on this, fueling smart connections with a minimal, agile design.

Completed in 2017, this 20,000-square foot workplace occupies one floor of The National, an historic building designed by renowned architect Daniel Burnham in the heart of downtown Chicago. Connecting the past to the future was a major design goal for both Gamut and HKS. To that end, the historic bones of the building remain, and modernist sensibility means that interior finish materials clearly reveal their function.

Modern design and strategic branding align the workspace with Gamut’s 21st-century identity. An open floor plan encourages clear communication, and work stations feature acoustic Tectum panels to mitigate the noise of an open work environment. The felt panels recall the felt lining the iconic boxes in which the company’s products ship. In keeping with Gamut’s pragmatic Midwestern sensibility, designers re-used the company’s existing work stations, updating the system with sit-stand desks to create a more productive, healthy workplace.