Inspiring work environments help us to be more productive. Today we take a look inside Danielle Ryan’s workplace. The CEO of Roads works in a minimalist environment where the colour white is queen. The pared-back palette extends to accessories, with an eclectic collection of prints lining the wall beside Ryan’s desk, giving the space an injection of colour and personality.
“I have never considered femininity to be a weakness,” says the formidable but charming publisher Danielle Ryan, who says she has the same requirements from the spaces she lives and works in as she does from her wardrobe: comfort, durability and pared-back appeal.
Ryan’s generously proportioned and light- filled corner office in Dublin 2 is an elegant mix of masculine and feminine, and offers a masterclass in the balance of refinement and experimentation – the 31-year-old describes her aesthetic as “pared back, but pushing forward”. Ornate gilded side tables sit either side of a structured, BoConcept charcoal sofa, the table’s curved lines and textured marble surface a softening, feminine counterpoint to the stern lines of the streamlined three-seater.
Similarly, the original parquet flooring, with its rough-hewn, worn-in texture and shade of burnt toffee prevents the whitewashed walls in this loft-style space from feeling clinical. A Habitat Perspex coffee table is the epitome of restraint, while the gallery-style wall of eclectic art and prints (Ryan regularly commissions artists, but also enjoys buying pieces online from the Saatchi Gallery, among others) offers a subtle injection of colour, pattern and, more importantly, personality in what might otherwise be an austere, monochromatic space. Ryan’s favourite labels – Saint Laurent, The Kooples and Joseph – reflect this restrained chic, which Ryan embodies so beautifully. roads.co
Photographs by Nathalie Marquez Courtney
This article was originally published in the November issue of IMAGE Magazine