World's Coolest Offices: Best Use of Products

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Third Runner Up: Wilson by Gensler in Chicago

Wilson, the Chicago-based manufacturer of sports equipment, wanted a way to design a space that would channel the energy of professional sports players into the creative energy of its employees. Specifically, the architects wanted to align the "energy and teamwork common to all sports, and promote creativity and innovation in all department." Creative displays of Wilson products—including a tennis ball chandelier and a pyramid of footballs—are displayed artfully throughout the office, and are even used by employees in the midst of prototyping new products. (Continued)