When your job requires you to spend excessive amounts of your work day in the most beautiful real estate in the world, the cushy surroundings tend to rub off on you. So when it came time for Fredrik Eklund to design an office for his Douglas Elliman team, he knew just what he wanted, or shall we say just what he didn’t want: an office. Instead, he desired something that felt like home — specifically, the stratospherically high-priced, gorgeous ones he sells on Million Dollar Listing New York. (And, well, who could ever picture the debonair superbroker in a tragic cubicle?)
He and his business partner, John Gomes, enlisted the help of Paris Forino, an interior designer and frequent collaborator, to transform a nondescript 10,000-square-foot Flatiron space. What they came away with is pure wow. Let’s peruse the spread in Architectural Digest and take a closer look, shall we?
The dramatic double-height space could easily be mistaken for one of Fredrik’s penthouse listings. “We wanted to make it like a living room, where we and our clients could come ‘home’ and feel relaxed and safe in a beautiful, nonoffice environment,” says Fredrik. We'd feel pretty safe in that pink sofa.
The main seating area is outfitted in plush furnishings. When Fredrik unveiled the new office to his team, they were flabbergasted. “That was probably my most proud professional moment,” he said.
A lit bookcase competes with uber cool Kelly Wearstler wallpaper and a modern chandelier for focal point status. They all win.
Leather-backed Scandi side chairs provide the perfect spot to refuel with a nice cup of matcha after closing another big deal.
What’s better than a conference room? A fully equipped kitchen with dining space, and a stunning one at that, outfitted in blond wood and reams of marble. Our guess is Fredrik’s employees probably don’t use it to pop their afternoon popcorn and reheat their cup-o-soup.
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