I came across this American firm while I was researching my latest feature for The Financial Times. No, I can’t tell you what it’s about but if any of you want to guess from these images then that’s fine.
Anyway, I came across this design firm, Workstead, and I just loved their portfolio so much that I wanted to share it with you, because I think you will love their work as much as I do.
The image that led me to them is not here but as soon as I started browsing, I thought that if ever I was in the business of renting a place in New York, or possibly hiring a designer, these are the people I would want.
The firm was founded in 2009 by Stephanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith and, from their office in Brooklyn, they concentrate on architecture and interior design as well as lighting and furniture.
So, even if you don’t need (or want) an interior designer, you can still buy into their look by adding one of their lights to your scheme.
As well as residential projects, the company have also decorated hotels, including The Wythe, the first boutique hotel in screamingly fashionable Williamsburg.
I love the shelves in the image above, each of which has a glass door which makes it a) reminiscent of a shop and b) practical as it would keep the dust off. Next time I redo my kitchen I am going to have shelves like this floor to ceiling with just a huge island in front.
I also love this kitchen above, which is probably a bit too minimal for me to ever pull off in reality but the soft colours and mix of materials is very sleek and restful.
Or what about this bedroom which is so simple? This is harder to achieve than it looks as most of us either need storage, or are tempted to add things rather than take them away. Remember Coco Chanel people: when accessorising always take off the last thing you put on.
I could definitely work in this space although for practicality’s sake, a few shelves might be in order. Like these ones below, which double up as a ladder to the skylight above.
What do you think? I’ve got so many ideas I may have to start renovating my house again right now …
Photography by Matthew Williams