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Inside Job

You're Going to Want to Live in This Designer's Loft Studio

Inside Job BY olivia martin 08/23/2016

Since Dana Arbib travels far and wide finding handmade elements for her jewelry, clothing, and accessories line A Peace Treaty, she wants her brand’s Tribeca HQ to feel like the opposite of all that hubbub and sensory overload—100% cool comfort. “When you own your own business, you have the freedom to set the vibe and the tone,” Dana says. “I wanted the studio to feel like a nice apartment that we happened to work in.” Well, she succeeded: Hope you don’t mind if we curl up on that snuggly looking couch?


“We really lucked out and found a stylish and elegant landlord. He built the bookshelf and the kitchen, and the window treatments, ladder, and chandeliers are his as well. The office furniture is from Ikea—we have the Lerberg desks (they don’t make the white tops anymore, but you can still get them in other colors) and the Mulig rolling racks are great for adding extra storage for clothing samples. The antique rug is from Homestead Seattle, which I found through Etsy—which I troll constantly.


“Recently, I’ve gotten into midcentury German lava ceramics, and I’ve been spending a lot of time on Etsy and eBay looking for them.”


“In our old office, we kept our jewelry in this case that I had to open whenever someone wanted to look at something; it was very heavy and rigid. When we switched spaces, I wanted it to feel more relaxed and easily movable. The inspiration board is for our resort collection—we always keep one for the current collection and just pin things up as we go along.”


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“My dad brought these African masks back from Namibia in the seventies, so I grew up having them around.”


“I swapped out the legs on our Ikea couch to make it a little nicer and made the pillows out of fabric that I had screen-printed in India for a previous collection. The fabric had a couple of little stains on it, but I try to reuse everything. The island painting is by my friend Leon Benn—I like to buy art that takes me to a calm, relaxing place. Another friend of mine, Christan Summers, helped me with the office plants (although I’ve had the one on the right since it was tiny). She runs Tula and has a plant truck that goes around New York.”


“Having the bookshelf already here solved so many of our problems. Magazines featuring us are on the top, and then we have everything from the suitcases we use for our samples to a painting by the Israeli artist Michael Argov—it’s the one with a red triangle, and it’s one of my favorites.”



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