Pity the aesthete who works in the Washington, D.C., branch of New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom L.L.P. “The paint colors are so drab I think they bought surplus from a military base,” writes an associate, “and the artwork…must come from the ‘Dilbert Corporate Artwork source.’ We have mastered using legal archive boxes as decorations. I think we’d be a strong contender for dumpiest law firm.”

What’s an expressive attorney to do? Once he was limited to wearing plaid ties and paisley suspenders. Now he can set loose flying toasters on his screen or rolling sushi on his desktop.

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