FAB Office is Fab

Office Tour

Name: Bradford Shellhammer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of FAB.com
Location: West Village, Manhattan, New York
Size: 50,000 square foot (2 full floors of a former manufacturing building)
Years Lived In: 1 year

To say Bradford's office is colorful would be a severe understatment. As Chief Creative Officer of Fab.com, his sources for fun, quirky design elements with which to fill his space are nearly infinite. Bradford holds court while he uses a never-ending supply of candy to lure staff into his office.

The mood is fun and 'fabulous'. Clearly, Bradford's plan of "wanting [the space] to feel colorful" has been wholly successful. Perhaps sensing my slightly overwhelmed state, Bradford added, "it can feel chaotic, but we like that." In that being fabulous is this company's brand identity, things can never get too over the top.

FAB has experienced tremendous growth over its relatively short lifespan. The company moved downtown with just 100 employees and has since expanded to 265 on-site staff. Since it still operates in start-up mode, Bradford worked with a limited budget and made minimal interventions in the new space. As such, a two-floor, 46,000 square feet renovation took only three months to complete and looks great. FAB kept the previous office tenant's lighting and concrete floors, adding new glass-walled conference rooms, a few glass-walled offices, a cafeteria, and two dining areas.

Bradford has had a strong hand in creating a work environment that encourages individuality and an upbeat outlook. The space is well thought out and exudes a personality all its own. While it's a little different from our usual tour content, it certainly has style and conviction. Like many 21st century office spaces, FAB attempts to blur the line between work and the rest of life. There's plenty here to borrow for your live/work worlds.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Style: Industrial, colorful, quirky.

Inspiration: We filled our office with the many things on FAB — design at all price points that we love.

Favorite Element: The David Weeks/Areaware/Quinze&Milan giant robot is pretty sick.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping an open, easy to maneuver space for 265 people.

What Friends Say: Wow!

Biggest Embarrassment: There are some walls not painted in color.

Proudest DIY: Our DIY desks (sawhorse legs and IKEA table tops) — super affordable.

Biggest Indulgence: Herman Miller chairs for all.

Best Advice: Have fun decorating.

Dream Source/Resources: Fab.com, naturally.

Thanks, Bradford!

(Images: Jill Slater)

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