office oasis: rachel antonoff’s color-coated office

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An ombré shelf of tonal Pratt & Lambert pinks—dotted with whimsical accessories and books—became the focal point of Antonoff’s new office space.

Shape Bookends by WAKA WAKA$165

photography by  MEREDITH JENKS text by  LIZ WALLACE production by  ELAINA SULLIVAN

A few colorful paint tricks and stylish furniture choices bring new life to designer Rachel Antonoff’s studio space.

A sunny corner displays Rachel Antonoff’s collection; the designer gets ready for a game of croquet on her new rooftop. Tabitha Flat-Weave Rug from $89; Saelfie Pillow $49; Linen Kimball Chair in Driftwood $1,498

ON ANTONOFF: Milla Flare Back Coat $398


visit to the same building as the domino offices, womenswear designer Rachel Antonoff happened to mention her love of the magazine, and peeked her head in to ask for an introduction as soon as she realized the happy coincidence. For months she had been hoping to redesign her office. “There was always a running list of things we wanted to do, but we never seemed to have the time or the budget,” Antonoff explains. After meeting our style editor, Elaina Sullivan—already a devotee of the designer’s pop culture–winking, work-ready dresses and separates—the two immediately hit it off, and they jumped at the opportunity to collaborate on the project.

Sliding doors conceal storage space and show off inspiration for future collections.

Antonoff had a concept in mind for the main floor, which housed her showroom, meeting space, and worktables: “I had seen ombré stairs in tonal pinks somewhere and was obsessed with that idea.” The domino team set to work on re-creating a similar gradient effect on a shelf system that would live adjacent to a large desk and worktable. Pratt & Lambert Paint generously donated a palette of pinks, and a vintage Vogue layout provided more pretty color inspiration. The final result is a bold, feminine centerpiece—and the perfect home for the antique telephone Antonoff used in her Fall 2016 presentation, which included a musical number from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (yes, really). The domino crew then built sliding doors to conceal Antonoff’s storage closets—which now double as a pin-up mood board for future collections—and crafted desks and drafting tables so her staff can organize and move their daily work off the main floor.

Antonoff envisioned a garden oasis for her roof deck—and a place to kick back with her team. Green Artificial Grass $19; Poly Terrazzo Rectangular Planters from $168; Pratt & Lambert paint in Brush of Pink ON RACHEL: Jumpsuit by Rachel Antonoff

he last action item on the agenda was reimagining Antonoff’s roof deck. “We really loved the idea of it over-flowing with plants,” she says. Sullivan installed Astroturf and brought in palm trees and other tropical plants for a fun, retro vibe. The cherry on top? Painting the surrounding walls a pale pink to match the new shelf. “The office is such a better representation of us than it was before,” says Antonoff. Welcome to la vie en rose.

The redesign integrated many of Antonoff’s passions: an abundance of plants, the color pink, and an inspired space for creative productivity. Her new dreamy mural by Naomi Clark of Fort Makers adorns the loft ceiling, while the starring elements in the redesign, the custom shelves and desks, were designed by Nathaniel Wojtalik.

Custom shelves and desks by Nathaniel Wojtalik

Linen Adrie Sofa in Spearmint $1,998; Top by Rachel Antonoff; Jumpsuit by Ilana Kohn; 

Handpainted ceiling mural by Naomi Clark

Angel Food by Pratt & Lambert

A pretty pink on the desk base grounds the room.

Brush of Pink by Pratt & Lambert

This subtle tone brings Antonoff’s style outside.

Foxen by Pratt & Lambert

Mauvey peach eases the transition to the middle shelf.

Petal Bloom by Pratt & Lambert

A flower-inspired shade finishes the ombré detail.

Placid Green by Pratt & Lambert

Moss green stands out against the pinks on the ceiling.