Blurring the lines between residential and commercial, designer Molly Torres creates a fresh, feminine office for communications agency Foundation—and feel good vibes abound.
Photos by Seth Caplan
At Homepolish, we’re firm believers that if you’re going to spend the bulk of your working hours in a space, it should bring you the same warmth and comfort as your home. Kelly Fobar Davis, CEO and founder of fast-growing communications agency Foundation, is guided by a similar principle. As she transitioned her team of nine from a coworking space to their first official office, she wanted the vibe to speak to the ethos of her undeniably cool-girl company.
With Homepolish designeron board, Kelly was able to bring an aesthetic they dubbed “resi-mercial” to the industrial loft space in Soho. While the office boasted solid architectural bones to begin—think exposed brick walls, scalloped ceilings, tall windows, and wood floors—it still demanded significant attention, including the build out of a kitchen, conference room, and storage space.
“Together we took a drab, blank space and created the most cozy home away from home,” Kelly shares. “I’ve always wanted a space where clients, industry friends and colleagues could be comfortable to stop in and work, but also just hang out and chill. Molly accomplished that, all while making sure all the special personal touches reflecting our company’s new branding were reflected.”
Molly played off Foundation’s new branding by incorporating blush and skin tone colors throughout. In the lounge area, she chose a blush-toned velvet sectional and decorative items—from the desk accessories to the accent wall in the kitchen. Even the bottles of rosé that punctuate the space perfectly complement the color scheme. And because the company represents such an impressive roster of clients, Molly and Kelly made sure each brand is properly represented, opting for open shelving that lent them ample space to showcase an array of products.
“I was inspired by Foundation’s mantra of inclusivity that’s also evident across the impressive roster of talent and brands the agency works with; all skin tones are represented and celebrated,” Molly gushes. “My ultimate goal was to create a space that truly represented the kickass women of Foundation and its ideals.”
In the spirit of inclusivity, Molly preserved the open layout in lieu of putting up walls to segment the space. By using modern lighting and large area rugs, she managed to create visually separate spaces—from an airy, personality-filled kitchen to an inviting seating area—without disrupting the flow of the office. And while she chose open desk seating for the employees, Molly created distinctive sections for Kelly and her two co-founders that feel a bit more sophisticated and polished.
She continued to blend function and style throughout the loft space, and the kitchen is one of her favorite examples of this balance. A gorgeous backdrop for meals—complete with a hexagon backsplash, black leather pulls, and a vintage-inspired Smeg fridge—the simple, uncluttered space is also the perfect impromptu meeting spot.
To extend this refined yet cozy feel to all corners of the office, she embraced bright whites and neutrals, clean lines, layered textures, and simple shapes. In the conference room, she incorporated steel and glass to make a visual impact, without making the room feel sequestered from the rest of the office. The modern mobile chandelier and whimsical wallpaper mural adds to the space’s effortlessly chic vibe, and the process of bringing all these elements together was a highlight for Molly.
“A lot of the installing happened with the Foundation girls working on-site, and since I spent so much time there, I started to feel like part of this incredibly awesome girl gang,” she reveals.
Molly and Kelly kept the mood light for the team by incorporating irreverent moments that add a welcome dose of personality, like the blackboard above the bar cart and the custom neon “Found My Work Wife” sign in the kitchen that serves as an Insta-worthy spot for beauty bloggers to snap photos while visiting.
“This tongue-in-cheek touch is a perfect nod to Foundation’s laid-back vibe,” Molly shares.
It’s the kind of touch that’ll leave you momentarily convinced you’re at an impossibly cool downtown apartment and not at a bustling workspace. We’re filing that under “dream office”.
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