WHEN I STARTED IMAGINING MY NEW AERIN HEADQUARTERS, I KNEW THAT I WANTED THE SPACE TO FEEL UNLIKE A TYPICAL OFFICE.
I envisioned it looking more like a home, full of light with seagrass carpeting, comfortable couches, and inspiring art. I also didn’t want a standard layout—everyone cut off from each other in separate cubicles or behind closed doors. Instead, I preferred the concept of a design studio where I could work alongside the creative team in one space. When you are dreaming up new designs and products, working side-by-side where you can bounce ideas off of one another, is an ideal way to work.
Designer Jacques Grange made the design studio as beautiful as the rest of the office. We chose a large corner room, continued the seagrass rugs underfoot and placed two rows of white Knoll desks facing each other in the center. Bookshelves and cabinets set against the walls provide storage and display products we are developing, sampling, and sourcing. We are also surrounded by plenty of inspiration—vintage books, mood boards, colorful fabric, magazine tear sheets, art, and fresh flowers. A wall of windows brings in light, but also serves to connect us to the city. Working this way means that I’m involved in every aspect of the process, and we’ve become a very close team. The design studio is one of the many reasons I love coming to the office.