It has been said that a disorderly desk is a sign of creative genius—at least that’s what I tell myself at the end of every day. But, by the looks of my talented teammates’ workspaces, brilliance is born from surrounding yourself with things that make you smile, soothe the senses, and satiate appetites…with mess mixed in for good mind-bending measure. So, pull up a chair and take a look at what goes on behind the scenes and screens at VP+C HQ with this #deskie edition. What’s your desk style recipe for success?   Margaux   Lisa   Mark   Michelle…

To know the VP+C crew is to know that we love to give…and receive. Honestly, who doesn’t?! So, if we made your nice list this year, here’s a rundown of presents—ranging from $12 to Neiman Marcus catalog-style splurges—that your favorite PR peeps are pining for. Say, what’s on your wish list this year? Margaux Caniato               Slivered Geode Coasters, $14             Issue of Monocle, $24 + under             Philippe Starck Modular House, from $2,968 to $5,342 per square meter   Lisa Jasper    …

After a stop in Michelle’s hometown, we’re cruisin’ to Wesport, CT, to check out the happy places that make Margaux Caniato, principal + chief rainbow maker, feel right at home: Just an hour outside NYC, Westport, CT, is where I spend my family time and it holds a special place in my heart. It’s a shoreline community so the beach, Compo Beach, is our everything—dinner on the beach, coffee at the beach, yoga on the beach, church at the beach, and play at the beach all year long. The famed Flag Bridge is as charming as the rainbows that regularly…

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As part of the #VPCHomeTour series, where we take a walk in each team member’s shoes and explore their neighborhoods and favorite haunts, Michelle Shen, vice president, shares her Jersey City gems: I made my move into Jersey City over five years ago, with the mindset that I’d eventually inch my way back into NYC. But, after settling in and exploring a little, the idea of ever departing makes my heart hurt. I consider myself a lucky gal to live right across the street from what I think is one of the area’s best kept secrets – The Liberty State Park…

By Connor Tippett (VP+C Summer ’17 Intern) Millions of people lay claim to the 300 square mile patch of land that is New York City, but few venture to one of the city’s largest outdoor food vendor parks with a little NYC flair of its own. Smorgasburg recently relocated to the up and coming Williamsburg neighborhood. The riverfront venue provides an iconic view of the NYC skyline overlooking the East River. The outdoor food park features a variety of food and beverages ranging from fresh juice out of an exotic dragon fruit to burgers using Ramen noodles in the place…

By Sarah Duncan (VP+C Summer ’17 Intern) A common dream among millennials involves traveling to far away cities and experiencing things that many only dream of. So what happens when you’re given the chance? I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to intern in New York City with VP+C this summer and knew immediately that I could not let a second go to waste. The concept of a New York minute is real. They move at a different speed than the rest of the world; making it easy to allow a moment to pass without a second glance. Instinctively…

This week was an eclectic mix of stories from all realms! Read on to see our favorite eye-catching stories of the week… Jamie Weissman Some hospitals are focusing more on design to make visits less intimidating for patients and their families. (via CNN) Lisa Jasper I love this breakdown of text laughter. (via The New York Times) Sarah Duncan Marta Minujín demonstrates her resistance to political repression through her most recent endeavor, the Parthenon of Books. Using donations from people around the world, she has cast a light on the comparison of the persecution of writers in the past and…

We saw both the rise of maximalism trend this week, as well as a trend of food publications moving further south. Read on to see more of the stories that piqued our interest this week… William Oh: Food Pubs Moving South Food & Wine’s magazine’s office is moving to Birmingham from NYC. This NYT article also examines the various angles behind the move and the state of food media. (via The New York Times) Melodie Mendez: Maximalism is Back In Move over, minimalists. Maximalism is in! (Albeit, certainly not my cup of joe). (via Archpaper) *Note from Lisa: More is more, and…

This week we had an unintentional architecture focus, with everything from performance art inspired by iconic buildings to how architecture can influence everything from stress levels to public health. (Honorable mention… fried chicken in space). Read on for our stories of the week! Meghan Dockendorf: Performance Meets NYC Architecture Come November, live architecture-focused performances will debut in NYC. Put on by Performa, this new program called Circulations, aims to examine the movement of bodies in space, while looking at how architecture exists in today’s built environment. The site-specific acts will take place at iconic venues across the city. Let’s remember to…

From fossilized takes on iconic design, to climate change and the best place for wedding dress inspiration, here are the stories that captured our attention this week! Lisa Jasper: Design History Fossilized in Crystal I love seeing these iconic design items reimagined in such a timeless (but completely on-trend) organic material. (via Fast Co. Design) William Oh: Monochromatic Store Jumps Across the Pond Tomorrow marks the US opening of Chrissie Rucker’s the White Company in Flatiron, an upscale home & lifestyle store based in the UK – it’ll be interesting to see how the monochromatic offering will be received. (via The New…