Studio Visit: Alice Ritter’s Home and Workspace

While we imagine that working at the 38th Street Fashion Incubator is inspiring, but with this loft, it's a wonder Alice Ritter doesn't design from home every day.

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Although we imagine working in a studio at the 38th Street Fashion Incubator must be plenty inspiring, if we had a loft like Alice Ritter's we might just work from home everyday.
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Alice shares the Williamsburg loft with her husband Paul, who is Elle's Art Director. Indeed, their apartment feels like a living editorial spread: filled with sunlight, crisp colors, and quirky sources of inspiration. Cluttered? Never.
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Paul isn't Alice's only companion in the space. This is Iggy, Alice's eleven-and-a-half year-old Dachsund. Paul bought him for Alice as a gift shortly after she moved to New York from France. "He told me he was going to buy brunch," she says. "And he came back with Iggy in a box."
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At one end of the apartment, both Alice and Paul have small work-spaces, separated from the rest of the loft by a large bookshelf. Old-fashioned lithographs and line drawings decorate Alice's corner.
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Depending on what she's working on, Alice's walls also benefit froman ever-changing array of swatches, archival images, and tear sheets from magazines.
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A few of Alice's favorite design elements: laces, stripes, and lots of colors to play with.
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Once Alice removes fabric swatches from a working wall or mood board, she archives them in transparent glass jars for later use -- plus, they make for pretty decoration.
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Less picturesque, but no less useful: binders and bins hold past sketches, fabrics, and print developments, and archived images for inspiration.
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Tools of the trade: Fabric swatches, the ubiquitous pink measuring tape, and Alice's pencil of choice -- the Staedtler Mars Lumograph.
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While ladylike sketches and swatches decorate Alice's corner of the workspace, Paul's is a little more rock n' roll. He's a big fan of Eddie Van Halen, Alice says, and even replicates his guitars from scratch. "Why not?" Alice exclaims with a laugh.
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The entire family is musically inclined. Iggy was named for Iggy Pop, and the piano pictured belongs to Alice.
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Alice received the piano as a gift in 2009, after a long hiatus from playing. "It's funny," she says, of the musical instinct. "You think you can live without it, but now that it's back, I'm happy."
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Alice plays every day, and says she's feeling Beethoven's sonatas at the moment.
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Inspirations, his and hers, old and new, rest on a shelf above the piano: the Final Testament of Marie Antoinette, accompanied by an army of robots.
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Art, literature, music, light, and a comfy seat. What more could one desire, in the corner of the living room?
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Upon closer look, many of the books are actually filled with recipes. "We are both into cooking," says Alice. "I'm more of a baker, but I can't do that all the time. We would be enormous!"
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"I'm really good at vinaigrette," says Alice, pictured here at her kitchen counter. She says she mixes a tablespoon of Dijon mustard with a bit of salt and pepper, and a few tablespoons of good vinegar. Then, she adds olive oil and beats it all together before drizzling it over a salad. "It's something in France," she says, seated at the kitchen counter, "that we eat with almost every meal."
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