One of the most fun projects we got to work on this year was decorating the Conde Nast office of the new Editor-in-Chief of Lucky magazine, Eva Chen. When we got the call from Eva (Lauren had worked with her while at Teen Vogue) that she was looking for someone to help her with her office, we jumped at the opportunity. The chance to work with such an influential force in the fashion industry was something we were both really excited about. We had a feeling Eva would be willing to take risks and that her fashion background would help dictate many of the elements of the space (and we were right!). The photos below are from the recent story in Domino magazine (yay!). One of the most important goals for the room was that there be lots of seating so that Eva could hold staff meetings in her office. We created a large sitting area at one end of the office with two comfortable sofas arranged perpendicular to each other with an oversized coffee table in the center. Eva has so many beautiful fashion and art books, we wanted to be able to display them (photo below by Matt McGrath). Another one of Eva’s requests was that her desk be white and modern. We chose this one (below) from Design Within Reach; it has a simple metal frame that just about disappears in the space but provides a suitable amount of tabletop for all of the things that accumulate on Eva’s desk throughout the day. The chairs are a favorite French Moderne-style made by Hickory Chair. To make them fun and youthful, we fabricated them in a colorful ikat from Schumacher. Eva’s Klismos-inspired desk chair was a great vintage find that we painted a glossy white and upholstered in a thick Schumacher chevron. The brilliant piece of art behind her desk is by an artist named Margaret Lanzetta. Because the furnishings, rug, and walls in the room are quite neutral, we wanted the art to really pop and make a statement. The ceramic lamp is by Christopher Spitzmiller and the blue rug is by West Elm. We built a ledge to display art above the custom-designed armless sofa (below). We like displaying art on shelves like this because it allows the art in your space to be constantly changing. The deeper the ledge, the more art you can display (we like the layered look that can be achieved by resting one piece of art slightly in front of another). The little side table to the left of the armless white sofa is another vintage find which we repainted. It’s sort of a quirky find–its top is shaped like a painter’s easel! The Moroccan-inspired rug is one of our favorite West Elm staples (it’s a great way to add graphic pattern to a space, especially if you’re color shy). Pretty desk accessories, like red pencils, vintage pencil cup, and a little tray from John Derian are nice ways to make a basic desk look more chic. Above right, the pale blue Knoll Luxe fabricated English roll arm sofa we custom-made for Eva. The art, above left, is a piece by Margaret Neill.
Details on Eva Chen’s Office
October 10, 2013