The phrase “office space” automatically conjures up images of cramped cubicles, drop ceilings, and unflattering fluorescent lighting. But when designer Nicole Fuller is involved, it’s another scenario entirely. The interiors expert recently took on the redesign of fashion designer and TV personality Kimora Lee Simmons's New York City headquarters—and given both women’s sensibilities, the project was bound to be nothing less than glamorous.
“I was introduced to Kimora through a mutual friend. She’s lovely and incredibly driven, which is so inspiring,” says Fuller. Like most things in the fast-paced fashion world, this project required a tight turnaround. But from its inception, the end goal was clear. “I wanted to emulate [Simmons’s] luxury brand—the clothing is incredibly tailored to perfection, strong but feminine and flirty as well,” says Fuller. “My vision was to create a chic work environment that felt like a home away from home.”
Fuller admits that infusing glamour to any space isn’t so difficult when playing by her tried-and-true design rules. She kept the color palette simple with crisp white walls, deep purple furnishings, and select black accents. Streamlined furniture was a must. Curved seating and rectangular desks flow from one space to the next, creating a consistent harmony of shapes throughout. The key to an efficient, creative environment? “Lots of hidden storage so that the space can remain beautifully functional,” says Fuller.
The restrained surroundings paved the way for impactful design decisions to take center stage, including a floor-to-ceiling black-and-white photograph of Simmons standing guard over the reception seating area. Or the daring single matte-black wall in the all-white office that showcases Fuller’s must-have item, an equine Steven Klein photograph. “As he is one of fashion’s most iconic photographers, I felt he’d be the perfect fit,” says Fuller. Nearly every piece of furniture, from the desk chairs to the initialed rugs to the reception area sofas, was custom-made by the designer’s own furniture line, Isabella Wolfe by Nicole Fuller. The result: one-of-a kind pieces that echo the uniqueness of both design talents involved.