MKDA Designs Unique New Midtown Office For Growing Investment Advisor


Corporate interiors firm MKDA has designed an office on the 19th Floor at 850 Third Avenue on behalf of Hall Capital Partners LLC, an independent investment advisor that manages $23 billion in assets for families, endowments and foundations. The new office provides room for future expansion and doubles the size of the firm's previous MKDA-designed space at 597 Fifth Avenue.

"Hall Capital's new office successfully supports the firm's operations, work patterns and corporate character while also allowing for reduced costs and future growth," said MKDA President Michael Kleinberg. "In addition, the warm and inviting space was designed with high-end finishes and details to create a more refined and productive work environment for employees."

Working in close collaboration with Hall Capital's New York and San Francisco offices, MKDA evaluated the investment firm's existing location as well as several additional sites before facilitating a lease with the owners of 850 Third Avenue, Shorenstein Properties. The project teams, which included construction management firm John Gallin & Son and other subconsultants, continued to work very closely throughout the duration of the project.

With the full floor under lease, MKDA situated the reception area immediately off the elevator for optimal brand impact. The area features a custom cherry wood desk and feature wall as well as Brazilian teak flooring. The rest of the office was given a neutral color palette to complement the rich wood tones. An extensive collection of modern art adds pops of color throughout.

The office suite consists of a central work area–wired with advanced telecommunications systems–with workstations in collaborative pods and private offices featuring glass walls and walnut wood doors. Each of the conference rooms features millwork entrances with sliding wood pocket doors and custom signage. The office also features hotel-quality restrooms with marble countertops and Corian troughs, a large and well-appointed pantry, and a mothering room with subdued lighting and custom wood blinds.

"Over the past four and a half years, we've steadily strengthened our New York footprint by reinvesting in the firm and adding to our team of professionals, which has since grown to 21 employees," says Hall Capital Managing Director Simon Krinsky. "We are very excited about the new space, which not only supports our organizational, technological and growth requirements but also provides a comfortable and efficient environment for our employees."

MKDA is a corporate space planning and interior design firm that was established in 1959 by famed showroom designer Milo Kleinberg. The firm today has two locations–its headquarters in Manhattan and a second location in Stamford, CT. MKDA services corporations across industries, non-profits, government agencies, showrooms, institutional work and commercial building owners. MKDA clients include Design Within Reach, Pernod Ricard, Heineken, Guggenheim Partners, Calvin Klein, GE Monogram, Harvest Partners, AICPA, Lowenstein Sandler and Wachovia, among many others. The firm is one of the most prolific interiors firms for landlords, servicing esteemed building owners Silverstein Properties, Vornado Realty Trust, SL Green and Normandy, to name a few. For more, visit

Hall Capital Partners LLC was established in 1994 and is an independent, SEC-registered investment advisor that builds and manages customized, global, multi-asset class portfolios for families and institutions. Hall Capital Partners oversees approximately $23 billion in assets for its advisory clients and pooled vehicle investors. The firm employs approximately 130 people in San Francisco and New York. For more information, please visit

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