Council of Fashion Designers of America Headquarters

New York, New York

Client

CFDA

Role

Design Architect, Interior Designer

Team

Executive Architect: Sayigh Duman; MEP: Clifford Dias; Contractor: teamCIS; Lighting: Chelsea Lighting

Type

Renovation

Program

Commercial Office

Status

Completed 2011

Size

8,000 sq. ft.

About the Project

Founded in 1962, The Council for Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is a non-profit trade organization that supports North-American designers of fashion and fashion accessories. DFA’s strategy for designing their creative professional offices within an iconic Louis Sullivan-designed building was to provide staff with an open, light-filled work environment that fosters collaboration. DFA’s concept of ‘work zones’, a collection of offices, communal spaces, conference rooms, a cafe, and event space, are grouped by professional function within the CFDA. The work zones are wrapped in red fabric panels, consistent with the clients’ color palette, and provide soundproofing in each area.

Budget: $1.4 million, $175/sq.ft.

Inspiration