Man Repeller, the fashion and lifestyle site founded by Leandra Medine, is a destination for fun, original, intelligent, and (at times) quirky content on everything from high-fashion to mental health. So you can imagine just how creative the workspace for such a company has to be.
"As a rule, we are very collaborative," Medine tells MyDomaine. "We work hard, but don't take ourselves too seriously—which is different from not taking our work seriously," she continues. It's this mentality and spirit that was a guiding force in the design process for Man Repeller's brand new office space located in New York City.
Medine turned to online interior design service Decorist to bring her vision to life and it's not the first time the creative trusted the Decorist team with her interior design needs. She worked with them to design her own Manhattan loft last year so when it was time to decorate a new office space for Man Repeller, she knew just where to turn.
Although Medine had a clear goal in mind for the space—"to create an environment that genuinely got our team excited to get out of bed and rush to work every morning"—it was Decorist celebrity designer Chloe Redmond Warner of Redmond Aldrich Design who made it all possible. With the help of partners like Bed Bath & Beyond, Cost Plus World Market, and California Closets, Medine and her team are surely racing to the office each day (and it's easy to see why).
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"I wanted it to feel kind of British, kind of salon-esque, [a space] worthy of the great fashion brand that Leandra has built," Warner explains. This is certainly in line with Medine's directives, which she describes as "part 1950s English ad agency, part living room, part therapist's office."
Medine admits that while she always wants to say that her interior design style is minimalist, it usually turns out to be more maximalist, much like her own personal style. "What I end up with is a hodgepodge of different references that tend almost always to point back to eclecticism," she explains.
These influences can be seen throughout the office space. While many practical elements of an office were necessary, there's also plenty of unique details found in the space.
"We had a ton of fun on the walls," Warner points out. "We commissioned original artwork from female artists to bring life and ambiance to each area," she adds.
Warner was also inspired by the many fashion books the Man Repeller creatives had collected over the years. "We did some artful stacking in the TV area and we hooked them up with lots of plants and objects for the shelves that separate the desks from the TV area."
"We are known for doing lush residential designs and I thought a very swanky apartment with rugs and chandeliers and bookshelves and Farrow & Ball wallpaper would be a great base," explains Warner.
If you didn't know any better, you'd think this part of the office was actually a living room in a Manhattan loft. As Warner puts it, "It feels like you’ve been invited for a working breakfast at your boss’s house, and then surprisingly she has everything you need to work the full day."
Warner admits that her greatest finds were the conference room tables, which are technically dining room tables. "They are so chic with the orange chairs. I'd use them in any fancy house anytime," the designer says.
The office is full of small details that could only be found at Man Repeller headquarters like this conference labeled the Wiggle Room. It's that same wit you could expect to find in just about any article on their site.
In addition to English ad agencies and therapist offices, Medine was also inspired by New York City restaurants. This is possibly because I frequent so many, but am also routinely inspired by how well so many of them invite you into their worlds without saying a single thing, just creating a space for you to draw your own conclusions," she explains.
In the main work area of the office space, a traditional layout is made nontraditional with the implementation of a rotating desk system. "We decided to institute rotating desks that would not just allow for, but encourage members of all the teams to commingle, which really drills down on a core pillar of our culture," Medine notes. It's all about collaboration between different teams and finding a way to incorporate this aspect of work culture into functional interior design.
Perhaps Medine's favorite space in the entire office—although it's a close tie with the soundproof phone booths—is the fashion closet. Because samples are always coming in and going out, it's constantly changing and that's what the creative loves most about the room.