HTLWD: Some of Gadora’s Peeps know I began a contract with Bazaarvoice in March as their Events Coordinator. I go by Steph there and keep Gadora’s goings-on confined to casual lunch chats or offer A’s when design Q’s come at me. But some of you may not know Bazaarvoice IS the place to be. It’s why people do this.
How the (Marketing) Lounge was Done:
The Challenge: Each vital team to BV’s success has a common area to congregate. It’s part of our culture to like our cohorts, and its genuine. But we’re also an aggressive, competitive bunch. With the EOQ upon us we had but a small window to “pimp our pit.” Our pit sits on the third floor of a shiny new office space perched on a hill just above the 360 Bridge. The marketing team was faced with a challenge: transform a nondescript, begging-for-attention common space. That it would turn out groovy (and enviable), was by sheer design.
Who: Halloran—whose real name has been changed to protect his innocence—(there’s a Hooterang, Skippy, Teen Wolf (who goes by T-Dub) and a Meatballs in our bunch, too) got the initial directive. Transform the space. And make it happen “yesterday.” Choatsie quickly stepped in, and soon the gang allowed me to play.
The make-it-happen-marketing-team conferred with one another and set out with a plan. Flashy, not tacky. Cheap, not cheap-looking. We would put the “fun” in functional. Inviting, but not tooooo… (wait for the beaded curtain meant to provide a small barrier to would-be loungers. It IS a work space after all).
Roller Derby (and the occasional yoga before that) has been quietly transforming my wee little vessel. Hot and healthy bodies are all the rage. Recently Gadora stumbled across a few images of figure-shaped furniture and home accessories. Long ago, I’d entertained thoughts of constructing a jewelry box in the shape of a torso. Nipples for drawer-pulls. A shiny jeweled-navel. It never happened. Other bonafide designers have created furniture using beautiful bodies as inspiration.
Peter Rolfe’s “Gen III” birch plywood figure doubles as a jewelry chest. He’s channeled my subconscious—really—and with decidedly more genius. His “current work is heavily influenced by nature, using shapes that we all recognize but would not be traditionally thought of as furniture forms.” Look.
Emily, a New York resident and Animal Print enthusiast, requested another for her Husband. He’s a cat lover. And little wonder, as his are two snuggly, fun-loving felines. Their Mama offers, “Leo and Asterix are both rescue cats. A summer night in New York City, we were wandering home from dinner through Union Square and came across a woman running an animal adoption program. She specialized in rescuing dogs, but had taken in a few kittens from the Bronx who badly needed a home. We took one look and brought them home. They were 3 months and 4 lbs then… and now are 2 years and 16lbs.”
Gadora has been going round and round a lot lately, with skating that is, and thought it appropriate to include a few home decor options for those who like circles too.
Let’s start in the boudoir. Round mattresses were the rage in the Bond movies, just ask Barbara Bach. Found this patriotic circular bed on Craigslist, accompanying a furnished rental loft in Williamsburg. Click on pic to see more of Patrick’s loft.
More ingenious than renting your way into a circular bed, is having your own. Prealpi’s “Infinity” is a round bed entirely upholstered in leather or fabric that offers a multitude of configurations. eRoomService posted a nice round-up (pun intended!) on the Top 10 Contemporary round beds, if you want to peruse other options…
Of course they all beg the question… where do you get your own round sheets?
Gadora has something cooking, folks*. While the Animal Print requests are slowly rolling in, the extra time affords Gadora an opportunity to explore other avenues. Introducing Still Life with Settee series. I love painting furniture. Why not paint paintings of furniture? Rather brilliant, don’t you think?
Borrowing a few snaps from my Flickr contacts, I must give credit where credit is due.