The minute you walk into furniture-maker Sophie Collé’s Brooklyn apartment, one thing becomes instantly clear:
She loves the color pink.
Bubblegum squiggles, which she freehand painted herself, outline the walls, her closet, and even the bedroom mirror. The kitchen’s backdrop is done in Behr’s Peppermint Stick, and the island base, an IKEA piece she found on Facebook Marketplace, matches. From her pots to her shower curtain, it’s impossible to avoid rosiness. Here, the once-millennial shade isn’t dead—it’s thriving.
“My house literally looks like a gender-reveal party from 2010,” Collé jokes, before launching into a more serious tone. “Pink is such a gendered color, which I used to fight against,” she says of loving the shade as a kid, then abandoning it when she was an all-black-wearing industrial-design student in college. “Now I like this concept of reclaiming it and being a semi-serious designer who can put together an entire Barbie Dreamhouse and still be respected. It has been cool experimenting with that and finding my way.” And for someone who describes herself on Instagram as a “dyke carpentress,” you have to wonder—who gets to own the color pink anyway?
In Her Barbie-Inspired Brooklyn Apartment,
This Carpenter Is Reclaiming the Color Pink
The shade appears in every single room.
Photography by Belle Morizio
Words by Julie Vadnal
Styling by Julia Stevens
February 5, 2022