Nathan Litera’s first workplace project stands in marvelous contrast to most office spaces. To fulfill his client’s request for a warm, collegial environment for his 50-person brokerage firm in midtown Manhattan, Litera used luxurious textures and materials and combined custom, finely-crafted office furniture with a few iconic pieces. The Paris-based architect and designer previously designed the client’s home, and the space’s materiality and thoughtful detail reflect a residential level of refinement.
Designed at the start of the pandemic shutdown, the project features modular, six-foot-wide desks that can be separated and an open plan with multiple lounge areas, including a marble-topped bar, that lets staff spread out. “The client wanted something cozy and glamorous,” says designer Lyatt Samama, Litera’s wife and studio partner. “The main idea was to do an office that didn’t look like an office,” adds Litera.