Interior Design

Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity

Brooklyn-based design studio Workstead masterfully combines traditional inspiration with contemporary elegance.

Workstead designs one-of-a-kind interiors and pieces that balance beauty with necessity, and this book presents a special blend of their tour-de-force historic renovations and innovative yet elegant new constructions. Over the past decade, the multidisciplinary design firm has earned rapid and wide acclaim for both their residential interiors as well as for larger-scale projects, such as the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn and the Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, New York. In all their projects, Workstead considers both clients and community, working with local artisans to create meticulously crafted modern interiors, architecture, and furniture designs inflected by history.
As T: The New York Times Style Magazine put it, Workstead “are known as sophisticated pack rats who surround themselves with objects that have a story to tell,” and described their collective design philosophy as “a cozy, updated version of early Americana, with wood plank floors and a mix of vintage and refined custom-built furniture pieces that are almost Scandinavian in their restraint.”

About The Author

Workstead is a multidisciplinary studio celebrated by the AD100 as a global leader in design. They create one-of-a-kind buildings and interiors in their Brooklyn, NY office and lighting design in their Salisbury, CT studio.

David Sokol is a New York–based writer and editor specializing in architecture and design. He contributes regularly to Architectural Record, Cultured, Dwell, and other publications, and is the author of Hudson Modern.

  • Publish Date: October 12, 2021
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 10 x 11
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $65.00
  • CDN Price: $85.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-7091-2


"Having noticed the firm’s projects in various publications, Ren was impressed by Workstead’s ability to create unfussy and evocative spaces in spite of existing buildings’ constraints. He tapped the design studio, whose first monograph will be published by Rizzoli in September, to infuse his new home with personality he felt unsure of conjuring on his own. 'I would say David is very confident and caring about how he wants to live,' counters Workstead cofounder Robert Highsmith. 'In some ways, he’s a step ahead of us.'” —ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

"Workstead has been designing interiors for residential and hospitality projects since its founding in 2009, creating interiors that feel restrained—but never too spare—allowing the craftsmanship of individual furnishings to really shine. The book takes the reader through 10 homes that they’ve contributed to over the years, but leaves space to showcase the firm’s lighting manufacture, where artisans create otherworldly designs like the Orbit chandelier and Chamber pendant." —ROBB REPORT

"Fans of the Brooklyn-based Workstead —a multidisciplinary design firm whose meteoric rise began with the completion of the borough’s Wythe Hotel a decade ago—will swoon over this compendium of its recent work. The book has a particular focus on Workstead’s residential projects, which exude an effortless sense of lived-in luxury." —ELLE DECOR

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