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Elle's Open Floor Plan... Take That, Times... Karl's Latest Issue...

Elle staffers will soon trade Broadway for Sixth Avenue, and word has it, there will only be two private offices in the new space.

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WORK SPACE: Elle staffers preparing for the magazine’s move to the Time Inc. building may want to exercise an especially editorial eye when it comes time to filling their moving crates. The magazine and its publisher, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., will trade Broadway for Sixth Avenue on Oct. 4, and word among staffers is the new space will only afford private offices to editor in chief Robbie Myers and creative director Joe Zee. An Elle spokeswoman said Thursday that details of the move are still being worked out. But the buzz squares with an interview then-chief executive officer Alain Lemarchand gave to Media Week last week, in which he praised a new, open floor plan as a way to encourage loyalty and cooperation among the staff. He even planned to give up his own office for a desk on the floor. Of course, on Tuesday Hachette revealed that Lemarchand would be leaving the U.S. operation for a senior management role with its French parent Lagardère Active, and that Steve Parr would take over as ceo. So is Parr as keen on an open floor plan? — Matthew Lynch

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