In the past few years, the line between home and office has become increasingly blurred, with a new generation of employees expecting more from their work environments; i.e. well-stocked kitchens and comfortable places to congregate. Which is why all the hip startup companies in Brooklyn and Manhattan are seeking out designer Brad Sherman of B. Sherman Workshop, who is behind the LA and NYC offices of mattress company Casper and the NYC office of Food52.
Most recently Sherman worked with Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise, cofounders of Sakara Life, an organic food delivery service with a spiritual angle on clean eating. Sherman approaches interior design from a user experience point of view; his workshop, as he says, focuses on “dynamic interiors and custom furniture on a lean budget” (meaning he works smarter). His strategy? Use paint as an equalizer, install budget cabinetry, and buy Ikea when it makes sense. His goal is to create “a holistic, seamless space,” as he says, and the 3,500-square-foot Sakara loft fits the bill with a custom prep kitchen and dining room side-by-side with a row of office desks. Read on for the skinny on Sherman’s budget-conscious resources and smart technique.
Above: Tingle and DuBoise were looking for a bright, all-white office punctuated with color and bohemian style, so Sherman started with Benjamin Moore’s Super White paint on the walls and floor as a canvas.
Above: MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. sponsored the kitchen design, which helped with the budget. The cabinets are white-painted Trystan Cabinets by Diamond. Sherman used casters for the custom kitchen island “to make the space as flexible as possible.”
Above: The white Lillträsk Countertops and Ringskär Single-Lever Kitchen Faucet are from Ikea. The sink is a 33-by-22-Inch Swanstone. White Dishes were sourced from Crate & Barrel and pistachio Mugs and Bowls from Mud Australia.
Above: A side view of the kitchen shows another island on wheels; this one is bar height with glass doors to showcase the Sakara Life products.
Above: A dining room filled with natural light and light fixtures draped in greenery is designed to signify a growing company and positive work culture.
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