Photos of Polo Molina with Nelson Mandela and Oprah Winfrey grace his expansive, dark wood office desk. Telephones ring off the hook; plaques testifying to a hugely successful career in music adorn the walls, like badges of honor from a hard-won battle. “My favorites are the awards from my charity foundation, the Pea Pod,” Molina says of the shiny collection. Something about being in the space makes your pulse thump—it’s fair to say Molina’s office space sings. And there’s (surprisingly) not even any music playing.
We ask to hear more about his charity since it’s obvious the man is dedicated to its existence. “Pea Pod was founded to help impoverished children around the world,” he says. “To me, it’s a greater accomplishment than helping any record go platinum.” Even better than winning a Grammy for his valuable efforts? “Positively,” he says.
There are lots of inspirational deities inside this office, and they don’t all revolve around philanthropic love for humanity. There’s the exquisite contemporary design, the pulsing thrum of happy people at work, the vibrant colors and swirling feel of success. “Personally, I have a penchant for well-chosen chairs,” the music mogul laughs. Looking around, we can tell his affinity for great design doesn’t stop there. The beat just keeps going…
Q+A with Polo Molina
MH+L: What design elements of office space inspire you?
Molina: I’ve been to a lot of high-powered meetings, and sometimes I’m so disappointed when an influential executive has an unremarkable office. Actually, I was inspired when I went into Oscar De La Hoya’s office. It was just so well put together.
MH+L: If you could change something about your office tomorrow what would it be?
Molina: The stressful calls. They really need to be screened.
MH+L: Where’s your favorite little place nearby to nosh at?
Molina: I love going to the Baracoa Cuban café. The food is delicious! Plus, I can walk there, and I can relax.
MH+L: What do you think a workspace says about a businessperson?
Molina: An office should look professional and reflect success. To me, offices are a reflection of yourself and the way you do business.