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"Involve Your Community"

Architect: Juan Matiz
Office: Etsy

When it came time to find furnishings for the Etsy office in Brooklyn, New York, the company looked to the people that make the site so successful: its vendors. Drapes were supplied by Etsy quilt makers, cabinets were built by Etsy carpenters, and wallpaper was fashioned by Etsy designers. “Because of what they do as a business, it was very important to try to integrate as many things from their own people,” says Juan Matiz, the principal architect for Matiz Architecture + Design, the firm behind Etsy’s office. By sourcing interior-design items from the Etsy community, the office reflects the DIY, hand-made aesthetic for which the company is known. “We did it for the sake of being authentic,” says Matiz.