Gary Solomon Jr.'s great-grandparents were Lebanese immigrants who lived above their shop. "I always thought that was the coolest thing," Solomon says. "I knew I wanted to live by my office."
The 29-year-old president and co-founder of Solomon Group, an events production company, found the ideal space in a mid-1900s warehouse. He hired architecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple and interior design team Bockman+ Forbes to turn the downstairs into a clean-lined, modern office for Solomon Group. The upstairs became Solomon's residence: a warehouse-chic living area connected to his office by a private staircase.
"Downstairs reflects our brand and upstairs reflects my personal style," Solomon says. "[Upstairs] has become an extension of our office — we bring clients up here for drinks. Some of the best ideas come over casual cocktails."
High-gloss floors juxtapose a raw, exposed warehouse ceiling, and an old elevator shaft houses a climate-controlled wine room, built by Solomon Group. With an open floor plan, recessed bar lighting controlled by iPad and four ice machines, the space is ideal for parties.
"My work is an extension of what I'm passionate about, which is entertaining," Solomon says. "I built this place around what I love."