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Headquarters, Garrett Brands
Chicago, IL
Garrett Brands
A workplace redesign
that pops.
Melding tradition and innovation with iconic local flavor.
The right mix.
Following the meteoric growth of its iconic Garrett’s Popcorn brand, parent company Garrett Brands sought a design partner to expand and reimagine its existing Chicago corporate headquarters. The new space would need to accommodate new employees and future growth; aid in attracting both new talent and new franchisees; support a culture of camaraderie and collaboration; and position Garrett Brands for the future while paying tribute to its long history of tradition, care and craftsmanship.

Working closely with Garrett’s internal design team, HED developed a new vision for its corporate headquarters— one that interweaves clean, contemporary design with subtle visual storytelling.

Spacious, flexible and engaging, the open-plan headquarters interweaves thoughtful details into a compelling visual narrative. Navy blue-striped carpet evokes Garrett's signature popcorn tins; bright copper accents reference old-fashioned kettles. In the café and reception area, reclaimed wood alludes to the wooden spoons still used to stir the popcorn today. Throughout, playful popcorn-printed accent walls add a touch of whimsy.

Striking a balance between past and progress, the redesigned workspace effectively positions Garrett Brands for the future while honoring the brand’s unique history and traditions.
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Results
An expanded footprint creates space for future growth.
The thoughtfully branded headquarters is an asset in attracting new talent and franchisees.
Designed for recreation as well as innovation, the office hosts weekly ping-pong tournaments and taste-testing events.
Executive offices provide private spaces amidst the open-office design.
Perimeter windows showcase Chicago's dramatic skyline—a fitting backdrop for an iconic Windy City brand.
The HED Team captured the core of the Garrett Brand in meaningful and fun ways throughout the space. They brought the highest level of creativity and expertise to the project.”
Lance Chody
Chairman and CEO
Garrett Brands LLC
Project Data
Headquarters 2013-40064-000
Garrett Brands
Chicago, IL
PROJECT SCOPE
Interiors
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
22,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$2.2 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2015
Project Team
  • Michael Sullivan
    AIA
    Managing Principal
    PRINCIPAL
  • Alan Treuthart
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Project Management Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Leonora Georgeoglou
    NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
    Associate Principal
    Sector Leader

Melding tradition and innovation with iconic local flavor.
Headquarters, Garrett Brands
Chicago, IL
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
A workplace redesign
that pops.
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