As part of our on-going series of conversations with designers and architects, delving into what makes them tick, we chatted with Mallory McDonagh, of Studio3877 in Washington, DC, a firm with an expansive hospitality portfolio. Mallory, as we quickly discovered, is an old soul at heart but with an approach to design that is forward-looking and innovative. She filled us in on where she finds inspiration (hint: she's analog and digital) and how she gets her ideas out (it often starts with words).
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“If you’re not happy kicking around ideas with your friends at seven pm, this isn’t the place for you,” is refrain heard often around the offices at ICRAVE, a Manhattan design firm known for its hospitality work. As with most creative firms, the company’s offices emphasize collaboration and cooperation with an open plan to facilitate the free flow of ideas. Recently, Ken Fox, the managing partner of Stripes Group, a private equity firm in New York, asked ICRAVE to bring some of that spirit into their new Manhattan offices.
By Jack Skelley
The theme of the latest designer makeover of Greystone Mansion is “Titans of Business.” But the results are anything but business-like. Color and imagination runneth-over in the more than two dozen installations in the already extravagant Doheny residence overlooking Beverly Hills. Curator Design House International had designers pay tribute to business leaders who inspired them. Even when that titan is the designer’s own patron, the results are elegantly fun—as when Lisa Turner, of Interior Obsession, salutes her client Stevie Wonder: It’s a music room of sculptures and artifacts from Wonder’s own collection, including a pop-art “Wonder wall” of album covers and a tangled, brass-instrument sculpture above the piano.
We talk a lot about the new look of offices—open-plan, flooded with natural light, multi-use spaces. Often, though, designers and architects don’t take that idea to the next level, instead creating spaces that still very much retain the old aesthetic that leans toward the institutional and bland. For a recent project by Studio O+A, a San Francisco–based interior design studio, the team pushed the envelope, creating offices for the online firm Zazzle in Redwood City, California, that are lively and inviting.
For newly-minted professionals, finding a job, especially in this day and age, can be overwhelming. Even getting a little professional guidance—beyond your faculty advisor—can be intimidating. You can be as smart and talented as can be, but how do you get your name out there, how do you expand your professional network, and how do you even figure out which path might be the best for you?