Maybe more appropriate for the architechture thread, but I just found out that my company's offices were done by Charles Gwathmey who was a personal friend to one of the founders.
Explains in many ways why the original sections of our office still had a decent look to them (although parts of them looked very much like an 80s investment bank). Conference rooms filled with Eames and Pollock chairs, larger offices with Saarinen tables. Some pretty great art on the walls.
Now that that founder is retired (and others)...new conference room has the kind of generic crap you see when you google "conference room chair" (which I am sure were a fraction of the price of some new herman miller options...but I doubt we will get 3 decades of life from), no more original photos or paintings...just generic framed posters literally from art.com
Enjoyed this little story about Gwathmey:
Edited by otc - 7/28/16 at 11:24am
In 1965, while not yet a licensed architect, he designed a house and studio for his parents in Amagansett, NY, that became famous and revolutionized beach house design. When he did take the professional licensing exam, he was surprised to see a multiple-choice question on the test that asked "Which of these is the organic house?" The choices included the house he designed for his parents. He wanted to answer that the organic house was his, but in order to pass the exam he chose Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater House. He knew that was the answer they wanted. He passed.