With a bigger space and more employees, Leandra Medine wanted a functional space that matched her company's witty whimsical aesthetic
When we found out Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine and her team were leaving the cute office Homepolish designer Margaret had decorated we were a little bummed (it was very cute). But then she asked us to design her bigger, better office to accommodate more employees and we were very psyched! Working with both Homepolish CEO Noa and our designer Andrea, the empty office was transformed into a well-layered, subtly-patterned, sartorially-conscious space to match the Man Repeller’s aesthetic.
The first step in creating the ideal setting was to find furniture and accessories that catered to Leandra’s witty, whimsical style while still being functional. A shelving unit provides storage for all of the shoes, hats, jewels and bags that style stars are inundated with daily while leaving room for Leandra and co to fill the few empty spaces with their choice of necessary objects (cameras, art, a copy of her book and more shoes). Amazing copper chairs and big table from Blu Dot clearly define the office’s conference area and Knowlita prints iconize favorite Nolita restaurants in clean black and white lines, helping differentiate the bar/coffee area from the rest of the office.
Andrea’s tip for making a professional space special is to include elements of both the company’s personality and reminders of what it was like before it was a massively successful enterprise. The posterboard dictionary definition of “Man Repeller” lived in their first office too and a print from Leandra’s friend (and Tappan Collective artist), Jay Ezra, hangs above the sofa. Meeting the company’s professional needs and style conscious wants, the new Man Repeller office is the perfect place for pushing the boundaries of fashion journalism.
Leandra’s opinionated enough to distinctly know what she likes and what she doesn’t like and that’s super valuable to have in a client. The space functions as a blank canvas that it doesn’t take away from the fashion items or style items that she always has coming through the office.- Noa Santos