A members’ club for women has officially opened, and it is promoting women’s professional, civic, social, and economic advancement through community. The Wing is allowing women of all backgrounds to come together and join forces, regardless of their age and profession.
“We believe that the act of coming together as women creates new opportunities, ideas, and conversations that will lead to greater mobility and prosperity for womankind,” founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan state on the website.
New Zealand-born and Harvard graduate, Ly, directed all of The Wing’s projects, with their first office opened in Flatiron and their latest site in Washington, DC. Ly, who is a former employee of some of the world’s top architecture firms, had to brainstorm ideas for what would work best in a women-only working and event space, something that had never been done before.
Her results are a far cry away from the man-cave environments which many start-ups have developed. “There are other things that get them excited. Foosball tables, bean bags, beer pong”, she said of male-led businesses. “For us, it’s not about toys. We’re not trying to give you free food. We’re just trying to make you feel comfortable.”
So, what did Ly come up with for the first ‘feminist’ office? She focused on soft skin-friendly materials, and furniture which would be suitably proportioned, such as ‘pumping stations’ for breastfeeding mothers and relaxed ‘beauty rooms’ which are separate to the toilets.
Most important to Ly was giving women room for choice. She explained, “It’s having areas for women to have privacy, or to work in big groups.” Therefore, there are a variety of spaces built in the building which give visitors a chance to choose their perfect spot to be most productive.
As for the design, it is chic and feminine, which is all aesthetically pleasing. The curved walls, floral arrangements, and millennial pink accents make the spaces even more appealing.