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Where Bari Ziperstein works.
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Bari Ziperstein in her office

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Name: Bari Ziperstein

Occupation: CEO and creative director of Bari Ziperstein Studio and BZippy.

Where I work: In a 9,000-square-foot studio and showroom  in Sun Valley, California.

Office with red chairs

Time I start: I try to get to the studio by 10 a.m., after dropping my son off at school and grabbing breakfast.

Time I clock out: I don’t really ever clock out, and I’m always on call for my studio team, but I tend to leave in the early afternoon to make it to my son’s Little League games. Wednesday and Friday are my full studio days, so I’m in until late by myself working on production or art.

Desk against a brick wall
Brick walls and office furniture

How I get to work: By car.

Three words that describe my space: Pleasant, active, and efficient.

Most important thing in my office/studio: My notebook. It contains my meeting notes and sketches, and it’s from my favorite bookstore in Pasadena, Vroman’s.

Office sitting area with L-shaped sofa
Office kitchen with blue walls

What’s on the walls: A combination of my peers’ artwork and our own BZippy sconces, which were custom-made for the studio offices. The most important wall piece in the studio, to me, is a portrait of my brother and me from the ’80s that my late father kept in his office when I was little. He had it drawn when we were on a trip to London as a family, and it still hangs in its original tacky wood frame. Also in my office is a photograph by Grant Mudford that I acquired about a year ago specifically for our new space. It’s very meaningful to me because it symbolizes a certain time in my life when I worked for an art dealer in my early 20s and represented his practice. Grant’s photography was an inspiration to me, and I’m honored to own one of his pieces today.

Green walls leading to office
Round table with chairs in front of window

Current creative fuel: Books on architecture, true-crime documentaries, podcasts, and trips to the desert with my family.

What I turn to when I’m stuck: My friends, a good movie, a great meal, my sketchbook, gardening, and my family.

How I stay organized: My calendar, my notebook, and my studio team keep me as organized as possible. The array of colors on my Google Calendar is kind of insane. It’s certainly a delicate balance between work and family schedules!

Blue wall with desk and task lamp
Bari Ziperstein's stools

Favorite pen: Paper Mate 0.7 mm felt-tip pens in a rainbow of colors.

Best notebook: Designworks Ink Notebook No 1.

Technology I can’t live without: My Bluetooth alarm clock, Google Calendar, AirPods, GPS, and the backup cam in my car.

Working stations at Bari Ziperstein's studio
Closeup of shelving

Desk chair that I could (and do) spend hours in: One by Herman Miller.

How I fight the 3 p.m. slump: Chocolate or lemonade—preferably both.

Desk against a wall
Shelves filled with colored glazes

Ideal office snack: Cucumbers and hummus, vanilla yogurt, frozen blueberries, chocolate.

Preferred soundtrack: The Daily or my Pandora station mix of Joanna Newsom, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake, and the like.

Things I Can’t Work Without

KN95 Mask Variety Bundle

KAZE Origins

Rexite Multiplor Rotating Desk Organizer by Rino Pirovano

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Drift Leather Sneakers by Camper


Plissé Electric Kettle by Michele De Lucchi for Alessi

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Julie Vadnal

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Julie Vadnal is the deputy editor of Domino. She edits and writes stories about shopping for new and vintage furniture, covers new products (and the tastemakers who love them), and tours the homes of cool creatives. She lives in Brooklyn.