Casey Zhang

A visit to the Brooklyn apartment of Etsy team member, Casey — a space centered on simplicity & a refreshing arrangement of plant life.
Casey Portrait side view
Tell us about the work you do.

During the day, I work at Etsy as the senior manager of social media. On the side, I’m also collaborating with my friend on his furniture design studio, Studio Snng. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to be at a company that is so passionate about empowering creative entrepreneurs and also work directly with one of the most talented creative entrepreneurs I know.

living room Side table above

When did you make the move to New York?

I moved to NY just over four years ago. I lived in Philly for a few years after graduating college in Texas, and I would try to visit NY every weekend and pretend that I lived here. That turned out to be great training wheels for NY because when I finally made the move, the transition felt very comfortable and natural.

What do you look for in a living space?

Light! I just moved into my apartment a few months ago, and my number one requirement was a lot of natural light. I also really appreciate the blonde bamboo flooring in my apartment because it makes the space feel very open and airy, even though it’s not actually very big.

How have you liked your Floyd bed frame thus far? :)

I’ve had my Floyd bed for almost two months now and I’m loving it so far :) I was searching for a low, minimal platform bed without a headboard, and I loved the simple design of the Floyd frame. The best part is that you never have to make your bed—it looks best messy.
bookshelf objects legs city view
Your apartment is full of interesting objects and furniture, tell us about some of your favorites!

I try to live pretty minimally, so most of the things that I have are either functional...or plant-related. A few of my favorite pieces are the custom built Studio Snng console as well as his series of side tables which I’m currently using as a nightstand and coffee table. Some other objects that I love are: my Chen and Kai nugget keychain, a ceramic vase made by my friend Linda of Ma Dam, and some Spanish wine glasses (that I use for drinking everything) from my favorite NY design store Coming Soon.

A book you're currently reading?

I have a bad habit of starting new books before I finish the one I’m on. I’m currently rotating between a biography on the designer Paul Rand, the first of Susan Sontag’s journals “Reborn,” and a nerdy entrepreneurship book call “Small Giants.”

reading covers landscape

Clean look street walk

Tell us a bit about your neighborhood. What are your favorite spots nearby?

I live in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Some of my favorite local spots are: Doris or Lover’s Rock for drinks, Pilar for Cuban, Calaca for tacos, and Tilda or Stonefruit Espresso for Instagram-worthy coffee/breakfast. Stonefruit also has a beautiful plant shop in the back, which can be both convenient and dangerous. See: growing jungle in apartment.
food eating


Special thanks to Casey for showing us around her apartment! Check out her instagram, @caseyzhang!

Photography by Emily Johnston.