“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself.” –Chuck Close
We have certainly been hard at work at 555. In the past year we opened three standalone stores with The Frye Company throughout the country, designed a dozen or so restaurant and bar spaces in Chicago, fabricated millwork, fixtures and furniture for the lobby and dining rooms of The Thompson Hotel and Nico Osteria and, most recently, created a life-size mock-up of the new Packer’s Proshop, set to open this summer in Green Bay. In celebrating another successful year, we take the time to reflect on the process that keeps our gears in motion day in and day out.
On April 1st twenty six years ago, James Geier realized his vision for a design and fabrication firm that would build itself into an internationally recognized brand. Today the 555 team is proud to embody the passion and determination that has driven the company to success time and time again.
We are visionaries, designers, engineers, craftsmen, sculptors, carpenters, metal workers, project managers and delivery drivers, all working towards the common goal of ingenuity. Establishing strong relationships within our team is as important as the relationships we develop with our clients.
The deep respect we share within the 555 family fosters the creative process. As designers, we are fortunate for the endless possibilities of an award-winning fabrication department. With over 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space, the possibilities are unlimited. With our creative ideas, state of the art equipment and expert engineers, there are no boundaries. If the tools required are not available, we make them.
As Charles and Ray Eames extrapolated the world of design relative to the human scale using the power of ten, we reflect on our process through a lens we will call “The Power of 5”. From initial greetings to longstanding relationships, from napkin sketches to grand spaces, from the smallest fabrication details to global installations, each step is critical to the evolution of our vision.