Sneak Peek: Jessica Walsh


Jessica Walsh is an art director / designer and a partner at Sagmeister & Walsh in NYC who also teaches design & typography at The School of Visual Arts. Working across multiple disciplines she tries to create emotion & concept driven work, with a playful approach and sense of humor. When it comes to her home in the Chelsea district of NYC, she initially took a clean and modern approach when she first moved in, several years ago. But having grown up in a rustic country home filled with many antiques and hand painted inspirational signs, a rustic vibe has become infused into the overall décor.  Over the years, she has slowly added in vintage pieces as well as playful props from photo shoots. Attracted to pops of bold graphic colors like bright reds and blues, she’s tried to contrast them against neutral tones of grey. Huge thank you to Jessica, and to Mario de Armas for the photos! Anne

Image above: The chair and coffee table are Charles & Ray Eames, I’ve always loved this duo’s playful and multidisciplinary approach to art and design so I wanted a few of their pieces in my home. On the red chair is a bubble pillow which was a gift when I was working as an art director at Print Magazine, my friend Maayan Pearl has the other one in her home. The mannequin heads are from a photo shoot I did several years ago. The luggage is a beautiful handmade leather bag that I bought from a cute old man on a small island during my travels around Greece.

Image above: This is the entry wall when you first walk into the apartment. The print “Work hard & Be Nice to People” is by Anthony Burill. My mom gave me Rover the recycled dog as a gift. My friend Michael Friemuth had an Eames plywood chair in his apartment which I coveted for a while, and finally bought.

Click for more inside Jessica’s NYC apartment after the jump!

Image above: I am traveling constantly these days for talks & lectures, so I like to keep my SteamLine luggage ready to go by the door. I’m a big fan of Rioja wine, so I keep a nice stash in a walnut wine rack near my kitchen which I bought from BrooklynWood.

Image above: While I work during the week our studio on 23rd street in Chelsea, on the weekends I like to switch it up and work from home. I had the desk custom made from Urban Wood Goods. The monkey that hangs over my desk is by Kay Bojesen. I like collecting classic children’s toys around my apartment. They serve as a nice reminder to keep curious, inquisitive, and playful in my life and work.

Image above: My business partner Stefan Sagmeister has the best taste in books, and is always bringing me back great books from his travels. This is one of the many bookshelves around my apartment.

Image above: The hanging lamp is from Saw Home in Brooklyn. I keep my art supplies and pencils in this vintage tool supply box.

Image above: On my bedside table is a vintage Edison lamp which I spray painted red. I love Diptyque candles and keep them all around my apartment.

Image above: I live in a pretty small studio space, so I used a long couch from BluDot to separate the living area from the bed area which really helps divide the space. The pillows are from Donna Wilson. The print above my bed is one of the original Mac icons by Susan Kare, I have always been a big Mac & Steve Jobs fan. The handwritten framed quote is a Swedish proverb that used to be hand painted on the steps of the home I grew up in.

Image above: I love this Apothecary shower curtain from Isola.  I recently started keeping flowers in my bathroom and all around my apartment which brightens the whole place up, which is inspired from hanging around my best friend Lotta Nieminen’s apartment.

Image above: When my grandfather passed away five years ago he left me his typewriter; it is one of my favorite items in my apartment. He was the most genuinely kind, honest, hardworking, selfless person I’ve ever known. Looking at it is a nice reminder of his values, and his memory always puts a big smile on my face.


Wow, nice place. And looks like a great view. I like how there are so many things in different styles but it still works well together.

Thanks for the inspiration!


What/Where is that red banana/push pin object from!?

April Gabriel

I’m looking for that dark grey blue paint color in the first few images…any idea on the color?

Sabra Morris

Thanks for posting this home! It’s a bit different from some of the usual home looks I see on Design Sponge. A bit more edgy with a darker color palette. It’s not even necessarily my style but again, I love the variety. Great, new ideas and interesting ways to look at color and space. I love her originality.


I love this! There is so much inspiration for creativity here, and it looks SO good. One of those tours you need to observe everything slowly and closely. Thanks for opening up your home!


Hi Jessica,

I love your apartment. I also love small scale versions of most things, so I have been admiring the small versions of Eames classics at Belkind Bigi in Tarrytown each time I take a stroll through their offerings. You’re probably all set, but you should definitely check them out!


I loooove this – I have nearly the exact same colour scheme on my walls at my house, both the dark and the light greys. Fab home, love all the details, pops of colour and little curios!


LOVE how graphic everything is! A perfect marriage of lived-in but thoughtful and pulled together. Looks amazing


Thi is soooo awsome! Work hard, and be nice to people – soo true;). Txh for great inspirations ald piece of amazing style. This blog is like picture of my solul:)


Love the gray background to the pops of color.. vintage & fun pieces- great!!


Love the deep blue/grey wall color – what is the name/brand?


Luv the print (eat well and travel often). It would make a great gift for a friend of mine. Where could I obtain one?


I’d love to know the story and the source behind the “don’t buy green bananas” object. My grandfather used that term all the time!
Lovely space you have!

Lisa L.

I am in love with that shower curtain! What a fabulous space.

Mostly Lisa


In LOVE with the bedroom and big nit pillow.


This house is decorated by someone who clearly knows design, but I am surprised that my gut reaction to this house is a feeling a aggression. Maybe I’m mistaking boldness?

Whitney brown

WOuld love the brand and name of the gray you used in the front hall. It’s absolutely gorgeous.


I love your place. It looks so awesome. I have some of the same pieces but my apartment doesn’t look as nice as yours. I picked up my pieces at flea markets and Craig’s list. I also picked up some at a store in Manhattan called Manhattan Home Design. Where did you find yours?


The bookcase!! I LOVE IT, would love to add something like that to my apartment. Alas I’m in Singapore so gotta look hard here. But enjoyed the beauty & design of this apartment.


Impressive !! Love it!

Somebody knows the brand of the sofa? Thanks !

Enrique Romo

jessica hi i love your design, I would like to know where I can buy that stoole saw while in west elm or Horchow but no longer sold but could you help me to know where I can purchase it

Erin @ CO.IN Design

I love the playfulness – the mood & furniture comes across as serious and dark, but the pops of color and personality balance it out so well. Thanks for sharing the home tour of one of my favorite designers!


Happy to see Flow on your shelf. I’m working with Csikszentmihalyi right now and that book has done more to change my outlook than anything else.