When Stellene Volandes was promoted in March from Town & Country’s executive style director to editor in chief, she knew that the magazine’s 170-year legacy was one of its greatest strengths. That history comes to life in T&C’s offices, headquartered on the 33rd floor of the Hearst Tower in New York, where the walls are punctuated with archival pictures from some of the world’s most famous photographers and back issues of the magazine. When Volandes moved into her new space, she sought to incorporate T&C’s legacy into the décor. “I knew I wanted it to feel comfortable and NYC apartment-like, but still very much an office,” she said. “The blue-and-white ginger jars make it feel comfortable, but the books and all the T&C portraits and archival images clearly set the scene.” Since the life of an editor leaves little time for decorating, fashion market and accessories director Will Kahn was entrusted with the job of interior designer. “Like he does with the shopping pages he dreams up for the magazine, he showed me boards from different offices, real and fictional,” said Volandes. She’s more than pleased with the results.
“A few evil eyes never hurt anyone,” Volandes said. She goes to Greece every summer and always brings them back as gifts.
The photos by Slim Aarons and Richard Avedon are from the magazine’s archives.
Well-appointed details make the space inviting for collaboration. “There have been many brainstorming sessions for our October anniversary issue in this office,” she said.
Form Before Function
“The screen owes its place in the office to [ceramicist] Christopher Spitzmiller!” she explained, because it matched his Bordeaux lamps.
“The red pencils were a gift from T&C publisher Jennifer Levene Bruno,” Volandes said, then added, “I haven’t sharpened them yet, which has become a running joke every time Jenn comes into my office.”
This story first appeared in the July 11, 2016 issue of Adweek magazine.
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