An empty white room becomes a productive and attractive working space for the fashion forward team.
Photographs by Claire Esparros.
When we first met Leandra Medine, she had just signed the lease on her first office, was days away from debuting her new book, and busy gearing up for New York Fashion Week—a marathon of back-to-back shows and events, all of which, she chronicles on her massively-successful blog, The Man Repeller.
Needless to say, she needed help whipping her modest office into shape, with very little oversight. Oh, and she wanted white. Lots of white. “I just wanted the office to evoke this sense of calm,” Medine tells us. “I’d seen an image of a white room with rustic wood floors and a ladder positioned somewhere that didn’t lead anywhere. It made me laugh/feel comfortable so I wanted to approximate that vibe.” We knew Homepolish designer Margaret would be a perfect fit, and we got straight to work.
Leandra’s office lacked storage space, so we enlisted InsideSquad to add chunky white shelving and installed a custom ladder to access items above. The space also doubles as a cozy waiting area for guests, outfitted with DwellStudio’s Vivian chairs, edgy brass side table, and 1960’s glass tumblers for impromptu drinks. To maintain the clean, minimal vibe, we added Colleen Ho’s elegant paper drawings from Uprise Art, succulents from The Sill, and an industrial chandelier from Workstead. Viola! A stylish urban retreat, perfect for getting down to business.