Last year, model Emily Ratajkowski teamed up with CB2 to outfit the headquarters of Inamorata, the swimwear and clothing line she launched in 2017 with friend Kat Mendenhall. Inspired by the look and feel of an inviting domicile with a ’70s flair, the SoHo office’s vibe is closer to that of a comfy living room than a typical workspace, with bursts of color supplied by playful rugs throughout. Following up from that successful team effort, EmRata joined forces with CB2 again for a project even closer to home: her West Village backyard.
“I’m somebody who really knows what I like and don’t like, so it was easy,” Ratajkowski says of the design process with CB2.
The intimate backyard is hedged by lots of trees and greenery. Ratajkowski wanted the natural surroundings to take center stage, so the palette for the furniture is notably neutral; delicate moments of color provided by items like the uniquely toned Somerset Red Travertine Oil Lamp complement their leafy backdrop.
“Emily embodies the spirit of our brand, celebrating individuality and authenticity,” says CB2 President Ryan Turf. “She is a stylish tastemaker in her own right, [and] she selected products that fit her own personal style.”
AD caught up with Ratajkowski to discuss her vision for the city refuge and how the space will play into her summer routine.
Emily Ratajkowski: It was amazing. For the office, I was keeping in mind the brand and what we wanted to represent. Obviously, there was personal style involved, but we were thinking, Does this match the branding of Inamorata?
The backyard just felt a lot more personal. I have lived in this apartment since September, and my son absolutely loves the backyard. I really wanted to find a way to maximize the space, and they helped me do that. It feels cozier than the last [collaboration].