Who knew retro lunchboxes were the latest home accessory? Design director of Yahoo! shows off her funky loft and artist"s studio


Who knew retro lunchboxes were the latest home accessory Design director of Yahoo! shows off her funky loft and artist's studio

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21:53 GMT, 13 March 2012

Dee Adams is a director of design at Yahoo!, an artist and a resident of Oakland California, a city famous for drawing creative types to its Mediterranean climate and mecca of cultural events.

So it is no surprise that her live/work loft space is an homage to vintage and retro design that has earned her praise from interior style blogs like Herman Miller and Stylelist.

The apartment features pieces from all over the world but the most original embellishment is her collection of colourful vintage lunch boxes artfully arranged along four shelves and on the floor.

Dee Adams is the director or design at Yahoo! and an artist who let her creativity flow when it came to decorating her Oakland, California loftspace

Dee Adams is the director or design at Yahoo! and an artist who let her creativity flow when it came to decorating her Oakland, California loft space

The quirky creative started collecting vintage lunchboxes straight our of college because they reminded her of childhood and provided a fun way to stay organised by filing her papers inside them

The quirky creative started collecting vintage lunchboxes straight our of college because they reminded her of childhood and provided a fun way to stay organised

The artist used many of the tin lunch boxes as a child growing up and then began to collect them while living in New York in her first year out of college.

She explained to the Herman Miller blog that her search for the vintage lunch portables was about more than just satisfying a quirk.

Dee Adams' workspace is covered in her own art

Dee Adams, a painter, designer, and lover of music

Dee Adams (right) is a graphic artist by day and painter by night but is also known for having an exceptional eye for interior design

With 15-foot-high windows, soaring ceiling and an open floor plan, the apartment is a live/work space that the artist also uses as her painting studio

With 15-foot-high windows, a soaring ceiling and an open floor plan, the apartment is a live/work space that the artist also uses as her painting studio

The artist offsets the cost of the more expensive furniture in the apartment by buying thrift pieces while travelling abroad

The artist offsets the cost of the more expensive furniture in the apartment by buying thrift pieces while travelling abroad

'They were also wonderful memories of my childhood and days gone by,' she said. 'My vintage lunch box collection serves double duty as a filing system for important papers and business receipts.

'Finding creative ways to keep organized allows me to keep the space from getting too cluttered.'

The red and blue glassware comes from Italy and Australia and the pops of orange colour are inspired by the brightly coloured lunchboxes she collects that she says appeal to her graphic design style

The red and blue glassware comes from Italy and Australia and the pops of orange colour are inspired by the brightly coloured lunchboxes she collects that she says appeal to her graphic design style

As she looked, she discovered all
sorts of other mid-century and vintage pieces that have made their way
into her California abode along with the furniture she has stumbled upon
on trips abroad.

'I thrift worldwide for pieces I love and supplement my more expensive investment pieces with those,” she said.

Among her favourites is a rattan egg
chair that she acquired in Mexico and a collection of glass ornaments
in blue, red and orange from Italy and Australia.

Oakland is a cultural hub for artists and musicians and is the focal point for West Coast blues music. Ms Adams channels the artistic vibe of the city with her bold art choices and details like these headphones

Oakland is a cultural hub for artists and musicians and is the focal point for West Coast blues music. Ms Adams channels the artistic vibe of the city with her bold art choices and details like these headphones

The graphic designer's latest purchase was this 8ft tall vintage wooden four-panel screen that separates bedroom from living space in an otherwise open floor plan

The graphic designer's latest purchase was this 8ft tall vintage wooden four-panel screen that separates bedroom from living space in an otherwise open floor plan

Features like these chic retro pale blue sofa and chair allow the colour to create the maximum impact possible in the rest of the apartment

Features like these chic retro pale blue sofa and chair allow the colour to create the maximum impact possible in the rest of the apartment

In this space it is hard to choose
just one redeeming feature however. Every seat and bowl looks as though
it has been meticulously curated and yet the apartment is the picture of
effortless cool.

Ms Adams has resolved the issue of
living in an open loft space by recently buying an 8ft tall, four panel
wood screen that sections off her bedroom from the living space in which
she paints.

Even the ornaments and utensils are perfect in Dee Adams' are stylish

Dee Adams chairs are all carefully curated

Every detail from the bowls and utensils to the chairs is meticulously curated and yet looks effortlessly cool

Lights twinkle over the city of Oakland easily visible from the artist's 15ft tall windows

Lights twinkle over the city of Oakland easily visible from the artist's 15ft tall windows

Her paintings are bold, streaks and blocks of colour in a style that she admits is heavily influenced by the graphics on her lunchboxes.

It seems there is no area of this designer's life that doesn't look absolutely fabulous.