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A Graphic Apartment for a Facebook Designer

A Graphic Apartment for a Facebook Designer

A Graphic Apartment for a Facebook Designer

Who

Derek Bradley, Facebook designer

Facebook designer Derek Bradley makes a living making cyberspace beautiful. With Homepolish, he made his Union Square apartment space beautiful IRL.

Photos by Claire Esparros.

Taking a step into the Facebook’s East Village offices, you’ll be met with all of the mainstays of tech offices: open space, graphic art on the walls, plants, and the all important surfeit of food. And you’ll also find graphic designer Derek Bradley. Living just a few blocks north off of Union Square, he was stuck in a difficult work-life balance problem. He loved his work offices, but he couldn’t say the same about his 400 square-foot apartment.

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The space was the typical, sad Manhattan studio. Yellowy-beige walls with contractor-grade finishes and poor lighting… hardly fitting for a graphic designer at a tech giant. When Homepolish came in to help him with the space, there was a lone mattress on the floor. Strangely, the original ask was strikingly similar to the Facebook offices… just on a smaller scale: make the kitchenette into a proper micro-kitchen, add in graphic elements, and maximize open space.

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Homepolish decided to reboot the studio with a Scandinavian minimalist vibe, white-washing the entire space, even the kitchen cabinets. To make the kitchenette feel separate and special, a butcher block island was built to section off the space, an aluminum pendant overhead for an additional design pop. The mattress was properly elevated with artsy graphic and typographic posters acting as a sort of headboard (and a Keith Haring in the kitchen area). And with a budget of only $100 for plants, we brought in a succulent garden too. Now Derek has a cool space to rival Facebook… ok, that’s going a bit far. But it’s home.

See more of the home in the slideshow!

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  • Liz Khoo

    $100 budget! exact spend breakout plz…

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Specifically for plants, Liz.

  • Martha

    Where is the bathroom?? 😀

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Martha–we didn’t redesign the bathroom, so we didn’t want to take credit for it 😉

  • Mark

    It’s pretty cool for a bedroom with a kitchen. I think I would have provided some kind of living room space. It looks like a choice between bed or wooden stool

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Mark, such a struggle living in New York! You could always go with the murphy bed route!

  • September Unique

    I think it would be great to add in the budgets and a breakout of the budget — so that we can get a even better idea of what can be accomplished in such budgets.

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Thank you for your input. However, we withhold budgetary matters for our client’s privacy. That said, a good gauge of money spent on a project is typically in the hours purchased.

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi Lydia, thankfully there is storage elsewhere for the clothes! In studio living, you always have to choose what the priority is. For Derek, these furniture choices were the best for his lifestyle 🙂

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi D’Ara, we actually DO have some on file! (They just aren’t published.) Perhaps we’ll do a before/after at another time. Thanks for the feedback!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi there–that’s the Urban Outfitters Boro Printed Rug. Hope that helps!

  • South Pacific Sister

    Where did he get that bookcase / bar from?

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      The Bookcase lining the room is the IKEA Lack, and the bar was also from Ikea! Surprising what you can find there!

      • South Pacific Sister

        What about the bar?

        • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

          Yep–the client sourced that from IKEA. Hope that helps!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi Lauren, the client actually sourced that through Amazon. Sorry we can’t be more helpful!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi Emma, the client actually sourced that through Amazon. Sorry we can’t be more helpful!

  • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

    Hi Jana, you’ll notice those aren’t tables but actually floating wall shelves. These ones were sourced from Urban Outfitters. Hope that helps!

  • Nancy Redenius

    I love the succulents on the kitchen window sill. Such a small but impactful move!
    Where are the succulent containers from?

    • https://www.homepolish.com Homepolish

      Hi Nancy, the smaller ones are simply Home Depot finds, and the larger one in the corner was found off Amazon.

      • Nancy Redenius

        Thanks! I’ll have to check out Home Depot this weekend!

  • Tarun Chakravorty

    Love the kitchen table! Where is it from?