Lawyer Marcus Ulrich Dillmann, Kanzlei an der Lahn, Limburg (Germany)
This magnificent Art Nouveau building, constructed in 1906, has deep significance for Marcus Ulrich Dillmann: It was purchased by his great-grandfather, and his father was born here. What is more, in November 2006, he moved his law firm into its ground-floor offices. Dillmann specializes in labor law involving the church, and he is the chairman of the labor law arbitration office at the Caritas Association of the Limburg Diocese, which includes part of the Rhine-Main region and the cities of Wiesbaden and Frankfurt. It is clear from the orange Panton chairs in the conference room and other classic Modern pieces around his office that the 38-year-old lawyer is ‘in love with design.’ Dillmann is also proud of the original splendid cedar floor. USM’s bookcases, sideboards, filing cabinets and storage in black – are a perfect fit with this environment. Besides, jokes Dillmann, the color also matches his attorney’s robe, which hangs on a tailor’s body form in his office. It is an unusual law firm, and its leader is an unusual attorney, equipped with the rare capacity of not taking himself too seriously. Besides himself, the small firm consists of one other lawyer and Dillmann’s mother, who handles everything but the legal aspects of the business. His wall of books, containing 506 volumes of the Collected Decisions of the Reich Court and the Federal Supreme Court, beginning in 1880, is especially impressive. Even more impressive is the way in which Dillmann stores his files – they hang like men’s shirts, in custom-designed USM storage units.