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Step Inside Man Repeller's Fabulous New Office

POSTED BY DICKSON WONG
MAY 21, 2019
Photo credit: Reid Rolls

Over the past several months, our team at Decorist has been busy with our latest venture: commercial and office design services. Yes, that’s right. Beyond private homes and residential spaces, we’re now also providing full design services for business and companies looking to trick out their work spaces (let’s face it: communal desks, phone booths, and cozy nooks are non-negotiables these days) with help from our trusted roster of talented designers.

Our most exciting collaboration to date? Transforming a blank-canvas space into a fabulous new office for leading fashion blog Man Repeller that’s, simply put, pure eye candy. To help MP founder Leandra Medine and her team realize their vision for a chic and spacious office, we enlisted Decorist celebrity designer Chloe Redmond Warner, whose lush, modern-eclectic aesthetic and practical approach to design made for the perfect match, along with Bed Bath & Beyond, which provided the stylish furnishings.

The result is an airy, open workspace featuring comfy sitting nooks and conference rooms that are filled with affordable, high-style furnishings along with glamorous wallpaper and sleek lighting. And what would the Man Repeller office be without an expansive fashion closet that’s entirely stocked with the chicest designer clothing and shoes? Read on for a peek inside the dreamy and inspiring new office below.

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

The vibrant reception area, where a graphic wallpaper serves as a bold backdrop for a pair of contemporary blue rattan chairs and a colorful striped rug, sets a cool, edgy tone for the rest of the office. By playing up vertical lines in this narrow waiting area, Warner was able to create the illusion of high ceilings as well as draw the eye upward, directing focus to the architectural globe light fixture, which she found on One Kings Lane.

 

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

"Our mood board had chalets for coziness, Connecticut-style summer cottages for airiness, and some 1950s English office spaces for a creative vibe on it," Medine explained to Architectural Digest. To capture the distinct blend of continental style with American workplace ease, Warner stationed communal tables with Eames chairs and reading lamps, evoking a modern library study room where there are no designated desks for individuals and each person can work freely anywhere they like every day. An open bookshelf divider adds to the airy vibe of the office.

 

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

The gold Farrow & Ball wallpaper is one of Medine’s favorite design elements within the office. To complement the pretty, slightly abstract wallpaper design as well as dark-painted walls throughout, Medine’s team commissioned artwork from Man Repeller contributors, which they displayed in white frames by Framebridge that provide crisp contrast. “One element that was important to nail when we were imagining this new office was really making it feel like a physical manifestation of the site,” Medine explained to AD. “It was very important to us to use original artwork,” Warner further pointed out. “It has the power to elevate a space and can be as potent as architecture and design.” Enlisting the works of such artist friends as Lindsey Gardner, Ana Leovy, Joanne Ho, and Amber Vittoria also brought a personal touch to the conference room, reception area, and casual meeting spaces throughout.

 

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

Medine wanted to create a work culture that felt more like a co-working space and a casual living space that would get her team excited about work each day. For Warner, that meant carving out casual meeting areas to function as inspiring work stations as well as making sure there were practical spaces for getting work done, such as big conference rooms and soundproof phone booths for taking calls. To keep the clean-lined look of the office consistent, Warner chose a series of streamlined designs, such as this mix of seating and tables from Bed Bath & Beyond.

 

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

Inspired by the idea of a 1950s English creative agency, Warner was keen on ushering in a sense of coziness while balancing the Man Repeller team’s need for more meeting spaces and flexible work areas, such as this ‘living room’ corner. To achieve the open yet inviting vibe, Warner channeled decorator Fran Hickman’s Chess Club, an exclusive London restaurant and bar, throughout her design—chic modern chairs with elegant silhouettes, captivating wallpaper, statement lighting. “We are in a golden age of members' clubs,” Warner tells Architectural Digest of the new work space, which she worked on with senior designer Maria Wu from her own office.

 

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

“I think we knew we had outgrown our previous space when one of us needed to take a call and realized both conference rooms were occupied, the stairwell was being used as a makeshift phone booth, and two employees were strolling the block taking calls,” Medine told AD. With that in mind, rather than splurge on expensive design, Medine prioritized practical comfort for her team. The new conference room now provides both a burst of color, with chairs and a table from Cost Plus World Market, as well as an invigorating spot for team gatherings, cocktail hours, and client meetings.

 

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

Storage had been a key challenge in Medine’s old office. She wanted to make sure that there was place for everyone in the office to store their personal belongings as well as an area to organize and keep all the clothing they feature. The solution? Thorough storage systems by California Closets that meets all of Medine’s needs. “The way we chose to store our personal belongings is very nostalgic,” she explained to AD. In the entryway, each employee now has a designated locker for all their personal items (yes, just like high school). In addition, there’s is also now a fabulous fashion closet that occupies the back of the office alongside the Man Repeller creative studio.

 

Photo credit: Reid Rolls

“I knew after working with Decorist and Bed Bath & Beyond on my own home, they'd turn the empty space into a rocket ship ready for takeoff,” as Medine described.

Inspired to revamp your brand’s work space? Get started with our Decorist commercial design services to transform the way you work. Need help decorating your home office or another room in your home? Try Decorist residential design services.

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