Q & A With Marissa Vosper

When it comes to multitasking, designer Marissa Vosper has it down to a science. When she isn’t doing work for her company, Negative Underwear, she is creating beautiful, lush spaces in her home. See what Marissa has to say about all things design…
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Photo by: Chellise Michael and Emily Johnston for Homepolish

Viyet: What is your go-to source for home design inspiration? 

 

Vosper: I don’t really have a go-to source per se – I’m an aesthetically minded person, so I’m always aware of design and mentally cataloging the things that speak to me (or taking screenshots from my Insta feed). That said, ABC Carpet & Home has long been among my top favorite places in New York (it’s actually where my husband and I were married!) – it’s definitely a special place that never fails to leave me inspired whenever I go. 

Viyet: Describe your style in 6 words or less.

Vosper: High/low, monochromatic, refined, luxe textures, attentive to details

Viyet: How much do you balance work and home life?
Vosper: I run my own company and often work from home, so there isn’t all that much of a separation between work life and home life. I do try to keep weekends as work-free as possible, but it’s not always achievable. That said, I’m also pregnant, so I have a feeling that’s all about to change when there’s a baby in the mix!
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Photo by: Chellise Michael and Emily Johnston for Homepolish


Viyet: What item can you not live without?


Vosper: My first reaction was my iPhone (sad but true) because it keeps me in touch with my company and my family and friends. But if an item could be a person instead of a thing, then I’d certainly say my husband – he’d come before the iPhone 🙂 

Viyet: What was your inspiration for Negative Underwear?

Vosper: Honestly, it was dissatisfaction with the status quo. My co-founder and I were not lingerie enthusiasts – in fact, it was the part of our wardrobes that got the least love and attention. When we started exploring the category dynamics and other brands in the market, we saw a clear opportunity to make something intentionally different from the rest – a brand that was both comfortable and cool, functional and design-forward, well-made and well-priced. From our perspective, the rest of the lingerie industry forces you to choose either / or, and we didn’t understand why you couldn’t have both – we believed women deserved better, so we worked hard to make that a reality.

Viyet: Where is your favorite place to go for coffee, ice cream, drinks, quiet space, fresh air in NYC?

Vosper: In our old neighborhood (Soho), some of my favorites are Ground Support for a matcha latte in the morning, Sant Ambroeus for a cozy dinner, and Kula Yoga Studio for the best way to start your week. In our new neighborhood (West Village), it feels like a bit of a homecoming, since we lived here for almost 5 years before moving to Soho, where we stayed for 6. Some of my favorites that stand the test of time are Perry St. for a great date night, EN Japanese Brasserie for a quiet lunch, and Cafe Cluny or Sant Ambroeus for a leisurely breakfast and The New York Times on the weekend.
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Photo by: Chellise Michael and Emily Johnston for Homepolish


Viyet: Who are your design icons?

Vosper: Depends on what sort of design we’re talking about…I love MUJI for the simplicity and intelligence. I love Kate Moss for her sense of effortless cool. I love Diane von Furstenberg for her strong point of view on femininity and leadership. I love Toulouse-Lautrec for mixing the glamorous with the rough and the raw. I love my (late) grandmother for showing me how to be a fierce individual when it comes to fashion – and how to appreciate and leverage New York as a mecca of design for all it has to offer. 

Viyet: If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?

Vosper: My father is an architect, so I’d love to work with him someday to build and design a home for our family – maybe a vacation home by the beach somewhere – a place we could all be together outside of our sometimes very disparate lives (my parents still live where I grew up, in Boulder, CO, while my husband and I reside in NYC).  

Viyet: What was your favorite room in your former home and why? What is your new favorite room?

Vosper: In our old apartment, I loved sitting in our living room on our grey velvet sofa that faced directly into the corner windows. Whether an early sunny morning meditation or a snowy evening in with my husband, it always felt like this serene place to observe a quintessential piece of NYC in action. Our apartment looked onto Broome Street, which has this wide European promenade-like feeling. I’m going to miss those windows for sure!
 
In our new apartment, we’ve started putting together a nursery for our son (on the way). Having a physical manifestation of this little baby growing inside of you is a really special, quite emotional feeling. I love being in his room because I know he’ll be in it soon. It never fails to make me smile when I’m there.
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Photo by: Chellise Michael and Emily Johnston for Homepolish


Viyet: What do you love about Viyet?
Vosper: As I’ve learned firsthand in this latest move, it can be quite emotional / painful to part with things you love and took the time to curate for a specific space. There’s both the attachment to the thing, but also the guilt of moving on and replacing it with the new. I love the idea that someone else will end up with some of those special pieces and will make them their own, in a new space.
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