EDHEC Business School, Paris (France)
Ranked among the leading Business Schools in Europe, EDHEC Business School has five campuses in France, London and Singapore. Since 2012, the Paris campus has brought together its activities in executive education and economic research in a 1’900 m2 space housed in a Haussmann-style building with an impressive glass and metal dome designed by Gustave Eiffel. The late nineteenth- century building originally served as the headquarters for the major bank Crédit Lyonnais. Today it is also the headquarters for “Les Echos” newspaper as well as for several other famous companies. The enclosed glass spaces center around an atrium. This “shop-window” aspect and the open-plan layout made finding the right interior furnishings a real challenge. Alexander Curtet found the solution with the help of USM. The massive reception area in black makes a strong visual impression. USM’s modular nature facilitates tailor-made interior design that guarantees both the private areas for the user with the airy expanses of the rooms. The furniture divides the various areas without cutting them off from each other, an innovative solution for a renowned institution.