While the notion of men’s clubs dates back centuries, women are only just getting started. Blazing the trail in New York City is the females-only co-working member’s space, The Wing, which opened its second and significantly larger location in the city’s Soho neighbourhood last month. Three times the size of its inaugural Flatiron site and backed by a waiting list of over 8,000 applicants, The Wing’s concept clearly shows that the coven has spoken.
Co-founded by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan, The Wing prides itself on being a space that enables women to advance their pursuits, serving as a home base to a diverse community of wide-ranging talents. In proof, the forces behind the newly inaugurated Soho space are all members, and women – architect Alda Ly, interior designer Chiara de Rege and a graphic design team lead by Emily Oberman at Pentagram.
The 2,000 title lending library in collaboration with Strand Bookstore
Armed with an airy open plan, ample seating and inviting nooks that carve out pockets of privacy, The Wing – on a 10,000 sq ft 5th floor space – is also equipped with several conference rooms, six telephone booths, a 2,000 title lending library in collaboration with Strand Bookstore and an in-house café. The Perch serves food, wine and cocktails from an array of female-helmed partners. There are also private offices available for rent at the same time.
Whether it’s the photogenic archways, pink-hued design details or original skylights that nod to the building’s manufacturing warehouse past, The Wing Soho is an especially alluring iteration of the ubiquitous co-working space. Spacious showers, a room for nursing mothers to pump and a beauty room stocked with a covetable selection of products are some of the female-specific benefits that sets it apart.