Office Decor for the Modern Man


PR executive Paul Wilmot's office.
PR executive Paul Wilmot’s office.
Somehow, the image of a female creative executive’s office has crept into our collective imagination. We can envision this woman hosting meetings from her treadmill in a gilt-framed suite on the 25th floor. What is less easy to imagine but fascinating to discover, is the office of her modern male counterpart. 

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In his office on West 27th Street at the Paris Review, editor Lorin Stein works at a tasteful gun-metal gray desk buried in manuscripts and current issues of the literary journal. Designed by Mr. Stein’s brother-in-law Geoffrey O’Sullivan, the room has big wooden beams, old-fashioned globe lights and bookshelves made from iron gas pipes. There’s a worn-in leather sofa, an Alex Katz portrait and tchotchkes galore, including a silver matchbox with a sailboat on it that a contributor gave him and a pair of standing ashtrays made by his great-grandfather, the ironsmith Samuel Yellin

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