Office tour: Lippe Taylor

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Eighteen months ago, PR maven Maureen Lippe packed up and moved her public-relations and brand-positioning firm, Lippe Taylor (lippetaylor.com), from a tri-level Gramercy space to an airy 16,500-square-foot location just a few blocks away. The wide-open layout allows Lippe to interact more with her employees simply by walking the hallways to her office. "In PR and marketing, you want to stay connected," she explains. "I wanted to be able to see every person every day."

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Lippe's desk has a fashionable history: It was her husband's when he was the publisher of Harper's Bazaar. The quirky hat lamp is one of Lippe's favorite pieces that she scored at the New York International Gift Fair (nyigf.com), while the mirror above her desk is from the Bridgehampton Historical Society Antique Show (bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org).

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Gingham armchairs, graphic pillows and a striped sofa were all sourced from Ikea (1 Beard St at Otsego St, Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-246-4532, ikea.com), one of Lippe Taylor's clients.


  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Lippe's friend, artist Mae Mougin (maemougin.com), specially made this one-of-a-kind ceramic hand dish for Lippe in her Southampton, Long Island, studio. "I collect hands and this is just a great piece," she gushes. It's displayed alongside a pair of Jeff Koons balloon dog sculptures she found at Bridgehampton home-decor store Maison 24 (maison24.com).

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    This patterned dress form is one of several scattered throughout the office and serves as a nod to Lippe's background as a fashion editor at major publications like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Leather armchairs from Design Within Reach (locations throughout the city; visit dwr.com) and girly accessories, like lip- and love-printed pillows from Lisa Perry (976 Madison Ave between 76th and 77th Sts; 212-431-7467, lisaperrystyle.com), keep the waiting room inviting. "It's a little Pee-wee's Playhouse meets Fornasetti," describes Lippe of the office's eclectic decor. She purposely chose a space with high ceilings, large windows and views all the way up to Central Park so her employees would enjoy coming to work. "I want to give creative people a creative environment," she explains. "I want them to want to stay here."

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    An Ingo Maurer paper installation from the German design company's Soho showroom (89 Grand St at Greene St; 212-965-8817, ingo-maurer.com) hangs in the waiting room. Clients and visitors are invited to write messages and inspirational quotes "of whether they love us or hate us," says Lippe.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    This wooden dress form stationed just outside the waiting room is from an NYC antiques show. "I like mixing the modern with the old," notes Lippe.

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    A wooden bike sculpture that Lippe purchased on a trip to Florence shows the environmentally friendly staff where to lay their transportation method of choice against the wall.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Contrary to what you'd believe, this square sign made by the art department leads the way not to the bathroom, but to a private room where Lippe's 66 employees can have a moment to themselves.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Since there are no private cubicles in the space, Lippe created this Alice in Wonderland--inspired privacy room. "If you have to call your mother or your doctor, you need some privacy," she explains. "This is a great place to escape to." At only about six square feet, the former closet makes for a chic getaway, complete with an oversize chair and end table from the New York International Gift Fair. To drive home the room's whimsical theme, a framed Alice painting from the Bridgehampton Historical Society Antique Show presides over a funky green clock found at an East Hampton, Long Island, antique fair. The leopard footstool is from ABC Carpet & Home (888 Broadway at E 19th St; 212-473-3000, abchome.com).

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

     "I believe strongly in having lots of huddle areas where colleagues can get away from their desks, destress and brainstorm with other team members," says Lippe. To decorate this particular one, Lippe paired classical columns from the Bridgehampton Historical Society Antique Show with modern furnishings from Ikea. A circular mirror from Moss (150 Greene St at W Houston; 212-204-7100, mossonline.com) ties the space together.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    All of the upholstered furniture in communal space is from Ikea, while the ornate, windowlike mirror was discovered at the Domain Home showroom (938 Broadway at 22nd St; 212-228-7450, domain-home.com).

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Yet another meeting area, this one boasts an outdoor feel thanks to two large topiaries from Marders Nursery (marders.com) in Bridgehampton, Long Island. The French steel bed and end tables were purchased from R.E. Steele (631-324-7812) in East Hampton.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Sharon McCauley, Lippe Taylor's chief of staff, sits at this blue antique farm table from an antiques show in Southampton. The starburst mirror was another find from the Bridgehampton Historical Society Antique Show.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    A photograph of an infinity pool in Santorini, Greece, that Lippe scored at Art Basel Miami Beach (artbaselmiamibeach.com) depicts where she and her family often retreat, and lends a vacation vibe to an otherwise mundane meeting area.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Thanks to Lippe Taylor's roster of fashion, beauty and health clients, girl power reigns in the office. "We're all about women," declares Lippe. To wit, even the office of her husband (and company general manager) Gerald Taylor is not without a dress form. His mannequin is patterned with the bust of Italian sculptor Fornasetti and came straight from an antique shop in Florence, Italy.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Since Wonder Woman is a part of the Lippe Taylor logo, Lippe bought Taylor this Superman pillow from Maison 24 to add a dose of humor and masculinity to his space.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    French artist Teo Jasmin (teojasmin.com) created this Wonder Woman painting that Lippe fell for when shopping at Maison 24. "She epitomizes everyone who works here," states Lippe. The painting hangs between the waiting area and Taylor's office.

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    "I think of her as Grace Jones," muses Lippe of this androgynous statue from an antiques store in East Hampton. It sits in the hallway near the rear of the office.

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Eighteen months ago, PR maven Maureen Lippe packed up and moved her public-relations and brand-positioning firm, Lippe Taylor (lippetaylor.com), from a tri-level Gramercy space to an airy 16,500-square-foot location just a few blocks away. The wide-open layout allows Lippe to interact more with her employees simply by walking the hallways to her office. "In PR and marketing, you want to stay connected," she explains. "I wanted to be able to see every person every day."

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