Take A Look Inside Gilt's Loungetastic Brooklyn Office
For this week's Tuesday Tour we've once again teamed up with our friends at Homepolish, who took us through their recent project at Gilt's Brooklyn offices.
Since 2007, Gilt has grown from a site selling discounted designer duds to an e-tailing empire where people can buy vacations, furniture, and even cars. We took a peek inside the newly decked-out common area in their Brooklyn warehouse and production offices, a modern-looking lounge primed for everything from entertaining clients to hosting company happy hours and ping pong battles.
To ensure the sprawling room would become a destination employees would want to chill out in, Homepolish designer Danielle Arps incorporated a variety of industrial elements with comfortable touchdown areas, and was able to achieve a vibe that totally matches Gilt's modern aesthetic. And since much of their business is home goods, there were a slew of furniture pieces and accessories in storage for her to play around with.
Much of what you see here is, or was at one time, available on the site. Although there are plenty of fresh touches — like the concrete floor — which previously had been painted with layers upon layers to hide the fact that it's uneven. After being furiously sanded and washed, it revealed a bright and interesting patina.
The walls were a big point of attention as well. Rather than go the traditional route by painting a solid color or pattern, Danielle covered them in an intentionally random grid of varying white-washed veneer panels.
There's no need to make the walk of shame with your jingle-jangling quarters to a vending machine because there's an entire wall stocked with free snacks like Goldfish, animal crackers, trail mix, and Oreos.
And rather than force people to roam the stairwell or hallways to take personal calls, these be-pillowed wooden crates serve as phonebooths — providing a touch of privacy and a supremely cozy spot to kick back and
nap relax for a few.
Screen glare getting you down? Nothing clears the work-addled brain like a game of Jenga or darts.
Or perhaps some light reading and savage greenery.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and a steady-handed ninja of a Jenga player.