Tour the Glam Offices of Vita Fede, Designed by Aimee Song
Flush with sleekly edited, high-contrast tones, and subtle metallic details, interior designer and style blogger Aimee Song of Song of Style take us on a tour of the newly minted offices of contemporary jewellery and accessories line Vita Fede. The reimagined corporate headquarters, located in Downtown Los Angeles and designed by Song, beautifully echo the brand's signature aesthetic, pairing distinctive, architectural flourishes with uncomplicated sophistication. The iconic black-and-white palette is equal parts drama and easy refinement. Keep scrolling to step inside the artful space.
Helmed by designer Cynthia Sakai, Vita Fede’s signature contemporary aesthetic features handcrafted pieces inspired by art, architecture, and key historical reference points. “When designing for Vita Fede, I didn't want the interior to be too overpowering,” Song tells us. Looking to soulful vintage scores and a string of bespoke furniture creations, Song and Sakai landed on an intelligent mix that allows the line itself to take center stage.
The transformation of the 2700-square-foot space involved a few sizable renovations. “We completely gutted the whole space,” says Song. “The previous tenants had a fashion label, and the layout was a string of different rooms. We knocked down all the walls and built up glass window frames to make it feel more open. We redid the lighting.”
“The space for Vita Fede isn't that large considering how many employees work here. The goal was to create an open space to house everyone comfortably, creating separate areas for each department, from the showroom to the CEO's office, while still aligning with the Vita Fede brand.”
A standout piece in the lobby, a dramatic, bespoke gold coffee table, arose from one of Sakai’s original jewelry designs. “I wanted to create a coffee table, and I was inspired by her Titan bracelet,” says Song. “When I first designed it, I didn't factor in the sharp edges. It ended up not working, so we created something else. It turned out to be even more gorgeous than the first one.”
“Most of the furniture is custom, or pieces we picked together. Cynthia really wanted something that was super minimal and black and white. I agreed it would make a great canvas for the jewelry to pop,” says Song.
Subtle marble accents paired with bright metallic and textural highlights from hide rugs to heirloom leathers evoke a playful tension of masculine and feminine detail. “We were working with a very limited budget. I knew I couldn't spend a lot of money, so I was doing a lot of running around to different stone yards trying to save money by using different slabs of stone that may have been passed up by someone else.”
The style maven’s keen eye for vintage and clever sense of juxtaposition serves the space well. Sourcing key pieces from vintage stores both online and around Los Angeles, Song cites venerable antiques dealer Joel Chen and 1stdibs as go-to resources. “I went to a lot of different antique stores to find chairs for the conference room and her office. My favorite find was definitely the chairs in her showroom. I love the upholstery.”
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