Welcome! This week, I moved into a new workspace in Vox Media’s DC headquarters, so I’ve got office decor on the brain. Take a gander at my three moodboards below, then stick around for some fun links, plus discussion of a very ~controversial~ topic. —Kelsey
In the mood for office talk
What’s the first thing I do when I hear, “I have good news: We found a dedicated space for the Curbed team”?
I make a moodboard. Or three.
Given the practicalities of furnishing a workspace (budget, mainly, but also overhead fluorescent lighting and lack of window), I had a few priorities in mind: Source ambient lighting, primarily one desk lamp and one floor lamp. Bring artwork from home to personalize the space. Select flexible pieces that can be used elsewhere in the office, if needed. And don’t let my champagne tastes lead me astray when picking out a bookshelf.
Everything I’ve chosen here is under $600, assembled into three directions. (Two of these heavily feature green, so you can probably tell which color palette I’m leaning toward.)
Organic Meets Industrial
Which moodboard is your favorite?
This poll is closed
Organic Meets Industrial
Bonus bookshelf shopping round
One more thing
You may have noticed that I’ve linked exclusively to fake plants in the moodboards above. For a few years now, millennials have obsessed over keeping indoor plants (and in fact, a lot of them bought their plants online). Who’s to say if the idea of #plantlife trumps the reality of actually keeping those plants alive, or if an entire generation is suffering from watering fatigue (or if they’re just too busy camping). Either way, artificial flora are eeeevvvvverywheeeerrrrre at the moment, from Pottery Barn to World Market to Urban Outfitters. And I’m actually considering test-driving a few for my office, which, as I mentioned above, is not blessed with an exterior window. Stay tuned!
Today in tabs
- If you were one of the tens of thousands of people who read and loved our architecture critic Alexandra Lange’s treatise on the kitchen islands of Big Little Lies, well, have we got a treat for you: even! more! design on television! Our August TV Issue explores the homes of the small screen and how they reflect both our own desires and our larger cultural issues. From an obsession with teen bedrooms to a historian’s take on how the television set transformed our homes, there’s a little something for everyone. Binge our feature issue here.
- If you’ve never selfied in an Ettore Sottsass mirror, have you ever really selfied at all? New York magazine’s Strategist section unpacks the popularity of the irresistible Ultrafragola mirror, designed by Memphis maestro Sottsass in 1970 (it predates the Memphis Group by a decade, if you’re keeping track). Made of vacuum-formed acrylic sheet and a pink neon light, it’s so much more than the sum of its parts: curvy, flattering, and the perfect frame for capturing one’s lewk.
- Speaking of the Strategist: Yours truly shared some insight on putting together a wedding registry this week.