New York's Ford Models Office Gets a Striking Makeover

Dacy Knight

The Ford Models office in New York just got a striking makeover—and the results are everything you'd imagine for the iconic agency and fashion industry staple. The modern space makes an impact with clean white walls, concrete floors, glass partitions that allow natural light to flood the expansive space, exposed ceilings, and views overlooking Madison Square Park. Rafael de Cardenas designed the office layout in 2015, and interior designer Devon Fromm of Devon Grace Interiors was brought in afterward to furnish the space, transform one of the offices into a model lounge complete with makeup area and closet, and add final touches.

"I wanted to create a space that felt glamorous, clean, and represented the brand of the company," explains Fromm, who worked on a tight deadline of just eight weeks to get the project completed in time for New York Fashion Week this past September. "Ford is an iconic modeling agency, and it was important to me to elevate the space and reflect their important status in the industry." Considering her client, Fromm made a point to include fashion-inspired details. "For example, the chairs throughout the space are chrome and black leather with intricate detailing and sculptural forms," she notes. "One of the reasons I loved this project so much is because I really feel it reflects my own personal style, which I would describe as modern and minimalistic with a touch of glamour," confesses Fromm. The designer loves working with neutrals and focusing on textures in a space rather than bringing in lots of color. "Personally, I think it creates a much more sophisticated and timeless look," she says. The newly redesigned Ford Models office demonstrates this aesthetic and is a study in understated elegance that will stand the test of time. "The rich textures in this space—black leather, suede, marble, brushed metal, faux fur, velvet, etc.—add depth to the design without any visual clutter."

Head below to step inside New York's Ford Models office and see the striking makeover.

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