When San Francisco's The Bold Italicwas looking to revamp their office-cum-event-space, they turned to local DIY-darling Kelly Malone. A local SF publication, The Bold Italic is known for unearthing the city's best artists, musicians, bakers, shakers, and makers, so it's fitting that they tapped Malone for this project. She's the crafty genius behind Workshop, a DIY school which offers classes taught by local designers and artisans on everything from sewing to pickling to screen printing.
Malone was given just one month and a shoestring budget to transform the space. The upstairs area is home to the editorial team of The Bold Italic. Downstairs is a large event space featuring several smaller rooms. The space is used for pop-up shops, photo shoots and parties. Within the larger open rooms, Malone created smaller seating areas—perfect for impromptu brainstorming sessions.
Malone brought in several artists, carpenters and friends to work on the space. To keep the budget in check, they built more than 40 pieces, converting scrap metal and salvaged wood into masterpieces. Malone also issued "$100 challenges," in which she tasked contributors to complete projects for just $100. The lamp above this large table, for example, was crafted by Page Russell for next to nothing.
Malone's not afraid to think out of the box. To create spaces that functioned independently, but preserved the openness of the space, Malone crafted dividers out of suspended rope. The rope detailing is repeated on the kitchen island.