DESIGNER DISH: Creating a Flexible Office Culture with Modsy

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.

DESIGNER DISH: Creating a Flexible Office Culture with Modsy

HOW TO: Create a Baby- (and Pet-) Friendly Home

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.

HOW TO: Create a Baby- (and Pet-) Friendly Home

MUSINGS: What is Modern?

Eclectic. Industrial. Midcentury. Art Deco. Coastal. Contemporary. Scandinavian. These design styles, though specific in terms of aesthetic, are all considered to be modern: clean furniture and architectural lines; a neutral paint palette; minimal, thoughtful accessories; and pops of color here and there. They have all been able to stand the test of time and adapt to our present-day tastes and way of living. But what specific modern style speaks to you? MUSINGS: What is Modern?

PORTFOLIO REVIEW: Aimee Wertepny, Project Interiors

Interior designer Aimee Wertepny founded her Chicago-based firm, Project Interiors, in 2005, and has gone on to unveil some of the most progressive, original interiors concepts we’ve ever seen. Known for her magical mix of natural elements (think rich ebony cowhides, tree trunk tables, sleek Carrara marble floors and chunky woven throw blankets) with edgy, international accessories (African tribal masks, colorful outsider art and intricately carved accent chairs), she and the Project Interiors team have developed an aesthetic all their own. PORTFOLIO REVIEW: Aimee Wertepny, Project Interiors

DEFINE YOUR INTERIOR: Style Sheet Series, Part I

Classic Luxe? Industrial Chic? Updated Art Deco? Modern Italian? International? We explore an array of interior design styles in a new series with the intensely talented Jessica Lynn Williams, who crafted this original “style sheet” featuring the oh-so-versatile Sloan sofa. After a stint in Chicago, where she sharpened her design pencil at Nate Berkus Associates, Francine Turk and Buckingham Interiors + Design, the Maryland native packed up and moved back east to pursue an interior design degree from Parsons in N.Y. DEFINE YOUR INTERIOR: Style Sheet Series, Part I