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A Very Rare Look Inside the Lisa Frank Headquarters
Here’s Lisa Frank’s 320,000-square-foot rainbow fortress, which is filled with giant Jeff Koons-style unicorn statues and located on the outskirts of Tucson (and shot by Urban Outfitters in that strange, glowy Breaking Bad light). Lisa Frank herself appears only in silhouette, but assures you that she exists as a real person (as well as “a lunatic”), talks about how she used to make these drawings in the ’70s with acrylic paint and an airbrush, and takes you inside the fireproof vault where every Lisa Frank drawing ever is preserved. “What encompasses the world of Lisa Frank?” she says. “That would first and foremost probably be rainbows, then hearts, music notes, teddy bears, unicorns, stars, color, fantasy, jewels.”
Not pictured: the empty lobby, the other five employees (down from 350 in a single year), or any sign of the company’s significant financial troubles.