Our modular Toby sectional (in Aegean Structured Cloth) is a perfect fit for Modsy’s ever-evolving office.
Our friends at Modsy — makers of virtual room design software — take the words “flexible office culture” pretty seriously. To help keep their team nimble in a fast-moving startup culture, they change their seating chart every quarter — that’s why they chose our modular Toby design. Of course, there’s more to good office design than changing floor plans. Their Director of Style Alessandra Wood shares more below.
In WeWork interior designer Justin DiPiero’s New York City apartment, time stands still—or perhaps it never existed in the first place. “I like mixing art, artifacts, and furnishings from any period in time,” says DiPiero, who describes his style as “of-no-time.” … HOW TO: Make a Big Impact in a Tiny Apartment
A living room redesign can be stressful — but not in the hands of Chicago-based interior designer Claire Staszak, whose work has been featured in Elle Décor, Rue Magazine, and Domino. A former yoga and meditation instructor, Staszak gently guides her clients through the process of creating a home that feels like a true sanctuary. It’s no wonder that she’s given her firm the name Centered by Design.… BEFORE & AFTER: Three Home Makeovers by Designer Claire Staszak
“Ella Bean looked like an ugly gremlin when I first saw her,” says Hilary Sloan—a surprising start for a dog who has since become famous for her cute (and chic) looks. Ella Bean’s life began as a rescue from a puppy mill, but thanks to Sloan’s love and a bespoke wardrobe of tiny designer clothes, she’s become an Instagram phenomenon with 110k followers. We chatted with Sloan to learn more about how she’s created her dog- and fashionista-friendly home.
Nate Otto’s artwork is steeped in his city. Often covered in buildings, it’s been described as “Chicago style.” Asked why, Otto skips the “no ketchup” jokes and suggests it might have to do with the buildings, or maybe it’s the accessibility. “I think my work doesn’t require a lot of explanation to be enjoyed and Chicago is a no-nonsense city,” he says. Whatever the reason, when it came time to select an artist to paint a mural at our Chicago Guideshop location, Otto was a natural choice. We sat down to learn more about all those little buildings and what inspires them.… GET TO KNOW: Artist Nate Otto
Megan Carroll Kulick, a Chicago-based freelance writer, was mom to a new black Labrador puppy named Gus, four months pregnant with her first child, and house-hunting in the spring of 2015. So she knew that whichever home she and her husband, Aaron, decided on would have to be baby and dog friendly. Which ruled out quite a few listings—like vertical town homes with lots of stairs, tiny one-bedroom apartments and lots in not-so-safe neighborhoods. Luckily, she found real estate agent Scott Newman, who, in turn, suggested the spacious converted loft unit in the heart of desirable Lincoln Park the couple ended up moving into and falling in love with—just in time to welcome daughter Lily, now 20 months old. Megan talks us through her home selection process, interior design approach aided by Nicole Radford Oehler of Radford Design, and some tips and tricks for any expectant (child or dog) parents out there.
WeWork isn’t a coworking space; it’s a platform for creators. What’s the difference? As part of a WeWork membership, these creators enjoy much more than just a place to do business. For one, WeWork organizes regular events, such as networking nights for women in tech, improv performances, and new media summits. WeWork also invests time and energy to ensure the design of each location promotes the growth of a creative community. How do they achieve this?
Maria Ponce Berre has photographed actor Joe Manganiello, musician Common, mogul Martha Stewart and actress Sophia Bush, among others. But the wife to husband Trey Berre and mother to daughters Fiona, 4, and Alessandra, 2, is still as chill and approachable today as she was growing up in a culturally rich Mexican-American household on the north suburban shore of Chicago. Her artistic inclinations weren’t revealed to her until her early 20s, but she made up for lost time by landing killer internships and assistant gigs in New York City and Chicago with some very respected names in the photography world. Maria opens up about family, fashion and furniture (including the custom Henry sectional sofa she designed for her home). … THE HOT SEAT: Celeb Photographer Maria Ponce Berre
When decorating a model unit for a developer client, interior designer Marcie Blanco thinks about something you might not expect: vanilla ice cream. “Renters look at so many places when they’re apartment-hunting. Everything can start to blend together,” she explains. “My goal is to design a space that is universally appealing, but doesn’t feel like just another bowl of vanilla ice cream.”