an impeccably styled office (with wow-factor wallpaper!)
Published May 9, 2016 5:00 AM
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text by SHANI SILVER photography by CHRISTIAN OTH
Elle Clymer and Stephanie Woodmansee, Co-Owners ofHenry & Co Design, recently completed their redesign ofChristian Oth’s wedding photography studio in New York’s Chelsea area. The 2000 square foot office is one of those workspaces that suddenly makes your own desk decor pale in comparison. Through the use of one really standout wall covering, the team created a sophisticated, welcoming workspace that sets the tone their client was hoping for.
HOW DID THIS PROJECT COME ABOUT?
It all started with the wallpaper! We actually worked on another project in the building for another company that did a stunning Calico wallcovering. Christian saw it and said “I want that”…we told him we couldn’t do the exact same wallcovering but could do something similar and just as interesting and unique, but more in line with his style, and with the rebranding and launch of his new website that was about to take place
calicowallpaper.com through DesironCHAIRS Etsy, OtherTimesVintage FABRIC (chairs) Zak + Fox, Postage in color Ink zakandfox.com LAMP Grasshopper floor lamp dwr.comTABLE Vintage Knoll Saarinen table (H & Co)
LIGHT FIXTURE Lambert & Fils lambertetfils.com CREDENZA Ikea with Basalt black neolith slab CHAIR Christian Oth Studio
WHAT WERE YOUR CLIENT’S PRIMARY GOALS FOR THE SPACE?
Christian wanted the space to feel inviting. We worked with him to do more of a facelift to the space. He wanted it to feel warm and relaxed…not a stark studio space, but a comfortable place for future brides and their families to come, sit, listen, look, and enjoy the beautiful photography and talent Christian has to offer…to help them understand how he isn’t just a photographer, but he is a creative visionary that understands the emotion, beauty and excitement around a wedding and the importance of that day to his client’s. It was about telling the full story and his brand.
WHAT IS YOUR FIRST STEP IN TAKING ON A PROJECT OF THIS KIND?
Our first step was to sit down and really identify what changes we could make that would bring the greatest impact to the space without touching everything. We wanted to decide where to splurge, where to prioritize, and how best to use the space…finding a balance between aesthetic and function.
WHAT WAS THE MOST SURPRISING PART OF DESIGNING THIS SPACE?
For us it was the opportunity to go in a different direction of our “usual” style. Christian is more minimal in taste, and also a bit masculine. We were surprised how much we enjoyed going in this direction…using lighting, fabrics, accessories, and furniture styles that we don’t have the chance to use with most of our residential clients.
SOFA Christian Oth Studio COFFEE TABLE Christian Oth Studio PILLOWS Zak + Fox, Obi in Sanzakandfox.com
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
The biggest challenge was the time frame of the project. This was all done in two months. We were definitely under the gun and we had some hiccups that made it hard for any of us to sleep! We were wallpapering the day of the party we had planned to celebrate the new space and rebranding!! It was a close call!
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL FAVORITE DESIGN ELEMENT PRESENT HERE?
The incredible ombre wallcovering in the foyer. It is the first thing you see when you walk in and the way Christian’s logo floats on it is really incredible. It is a piece of art. Subtle, but so impressive.
LIGHT FIXTURE Lambert & Fils lambertetfils.com TABLE Christian Oth Studio CHAIRS Christian Oth Studio RUG Christian Oth Studio
ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE EMBARKING ON A SIMILAR PROJECT?
Wallpaper can make a huge impact…even if you can’t wallpaper everything figure out what wall will make the biggest difference and go for it!