Award-winning law firm Varghese Summersett PLLC, which represents those charged with the most serious of criminal offenses, is unlike any other in its modern, fresh approach. So when the firm’s partners wanted to design a sophisticated Fort Worth office to reflect their boutique services and style, they had some ideas in mind.
“We wanted clients to elevate from a darker time in their lives to something that felt calm, so we envisioned a cool color palette that also incorporated natural elements,” partner Anna Summersett says. “We wanted it to be clear that our office was a firm place to land—a safe place for our clients to be.”
Alongside managing partner Benson Varghese, Anna ended up at Cantoni, where she met design consultant Nicole George. “We hit it off, right off the bat,” Anna says. Not to mention, she and Benson instantly spotted their dream conference table in a one-of-a-kind Vintage tabletop, a centuries-old Acacia wood slab with natural edges which was paired with the Geom table base. “It was really incredible, beautiful and unique, and no two slabs are alike,” Anna says. “We thought it instantly spoke to our clients. Everyone is different and needs to be treated individually, and that’s where we started.”
Nicole was eager to help. “I love the progressiveness of the firm and how they approach their clients’ cases, along with how they’ve grown into one of the most successful firms of their kind in Texas,” Nicole says. “I really admired their true grit.”
She had one design challenge: the sleek space is lined with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, meaning that each office and area—including the mock jury trial courtroom—needed to be personalized, but also seamless in its arrangement. “They truly wanted the psychology of the firm to reflect in the design, and that’s how a designer approaches projects, so I thought it was really smart of them,” Nicole says. For Anna’s office, Nicole brought in grey and chrome chairs—including Zodiak chairs—a velvety grey low-slung sofa, and a white desk, table and console for a light-and-bright space. She tied the grey and white hues together with soothing paintings.
Warmer tones are reflected in Benson’s office—in a deep-grey leather couch, black-leather armchairs, glossy black accessories, the Merit desk, and a painting mirroring Anna’s in darker shades. Partner Letty Martinez’ office was also warmed with walnut furnishings, including the Vetro Noce console. The verdict? “The result is really incredible,” Anna says. “We not only have an individualized style for each partner, but I think the environment calms the clients and people who enter. It’s a very serene color palette with transparent and reflective materials. I think they help everyone elevate out of their current state.”
What’s more, Anna says, “Nicole was fantastic to work with. She wasn’t trying to put her own stamp on everything, but wanted us to become a better version of ourselves. As attorneys, we don’t have any design background but have strong opinions and personalities, and had an aesthetic in mind when we went to Cantoni. Nicole took on that challenge just beautifully, and made it seamless.”
Nicole was fantastic. As attorneys, we don’t have any design background but have strong opinions. Nicole took on that challenge just beautifully, and made it seamless.