photographs by Brittany Ambridge produced by Robert Leleux interior design and styling by Suzanne and Lauren McGrath
cool chiefWhen Eva Chen was made editor in chief of Lucky this June, she already knew which aspect of her new office would require the most attention: the sitting area. “I really believe in collaboration,” she explains. “We needed to make an inviting space where everyone felt like they had a place to settle in and really talk about style.” Enter Lauren McGrath—Chen’s longtime friend and former Teen Vogue colleague—who, along with her mother and business partner, Suzanne McGrath, knew exactly how to keep the space appealing yet functional.
An understated white desk topped with a Christopher Spitzmiller lamp is given a playful twist when surrounded by colorful accents. The vibrant Schumacher ikat covering a pair of seats by Hickory Chair faintly echoes the Margaret Lanzetta artwork in the background.
Art.com “Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, July 23, 1970” 16" x 16" photographic print
mix and matchFor her new office, Chen wanted a look every bit as eclectic as the magazine’s audience. “I love mixing prints, patterns, and bright colors,” she explains, “just like the Lucky reader does.” Essentially, the space offers a refreshing mix of all things Chen: clean lines, bold accessories, and a classic but edgy combo that’s true to the Lucky sensibility. Throughout the space, vivid pillows, prints discovered at Art.com and Kenise Barnes Fine Art, and lamps stand out against neutral tones and are ready to be swapped out with passing fads. “I wanted it to feel bright, airy, and comfortable,” says Chen.
Chen loves the functionality of this shelf ledge, great for displaying art and inspirational items, like the 1970 photograph of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg.
such great heightsThe end result is a fashionista fantasy: sophisticated sofas paired with modern side tables, armless chairs for extra seating, and an oversize Oomph coffee table stacked with inspiring reads. For a similar effect, try hanging framed wall art at varying heights; incorporating a lively blend of shapes, patterns, and styles; or throwing an unexpected rug, such as this chic Moroccan number by West Elm, into the mix.
Chen fell for this sky-blue sofa (upholstered in a Knoll Luxe cotton), which counters the neon chaos of Times Square below.
Chen is a self-described “perpetual bookworm,”
with a love for all things print.