It’s not an easy thing to label Man Repeller, which is just the way founder Leandra Medine prefers it. The site started in 2010 as a personal platform for Medine to showcase her bold, quirky ensembles—the name Man Repeller is meant to describe what her outfits actually accomplish—and has since turned into a major voice across fashion and lifestyle. "But the truth still remains that in spite of what we do and who we are (a clown car of curious, interested, and excited creatives), Man Repeller is amorphous," Medine writes.
Last year, Medine teamed up with Decorist designer Chloe Redmond Warner for an office overhaul that captures Man Repeller’s collaborative, stylish, vivacious spirit. The space now contains an open coworking hub, alongside a reception area, conference room, and fashion closet. "Beyond that, the aesthetics were up for grabs—we tried to channel a swanky British apartment: a place that doesn’t necessarily scream ‘office,’ but is hyper-functional and more elevating than your typical office," says Warner. She partnered with select brands, including Bed Bath & Beyond, California Closets, and Cost Plus World Market, to do just that.
The Coworking Space
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"We are a very collaborative bunch, and there is a lot of cross-team activity—editorial participates in revenue meetings; sales and operations pitch story ideas to edit," says Medine. That meant that the main workspace needed to facilitate that with a variety of seating options, from tables to wall-mounted standing desks to a more lounge area for meetings or lunch breaks.
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Warner names the art as an inspirational starting point. "One of our calling cards is designing offices and stores for founding females—in each one we are so inspired by the founder herself, and this one was major," says Warner. "We wanted to honor Man Repeller by commissioning original artwork by female artists for the space."
The Conference Room
The conference room is Warner’s favorite spot in the scheme. "I’m crazy about the conference rooms," she says. "They look like the perfect place to actually enjoy yourself at a meeting."
The Fashion Closet
When asked to name her favorite detail in the design, Medine’s answer was decisive: "The! Fashion! Closet!"
We asked Medine for her tips on balancing life and work. "There is only one tip, and it’s the only thing that really works, but it’s very, very challenging to master: leave your work at work and your home at home," she says. "This way, you are where you are when you’re there, no objections."
Cabinetry Design and Installation: California Closets