Sally Coulthard new book contains a fun selection of office ideas from artists and designers around the world to inspire you on getting a colorful workspace
Every single office worker suffers from lack of focus and fatigue from time to time, and there’s only thing that can make everything feel and look a lot worse in these terrible days – grey cubicles with no windows or signs of life at all. It’s no wonder that one can feel unmotivated when all you have around you is boring walls and unoriginal design. A good working space is critical for productivity and happiness, and you shouldn’t feel embarrassed to complain.
Author Sally Coulthard in her new book Studio: Creative Spaces for Creative Peopleexplains that people on creative fields are often affected by the surroundings and with the right lighting, colors and decoration, any space can make you smile. Rarely does an artist have one aesthetic at home and a different one in the studio.
It’s important to feel at home in your favorite work space, for that reason Coulthardtakes us inside a wide variety of studios in her newest book to inspire talents who crave a space of their own. Here are five of our favorite home office ideas from the book.
Converted Garage by Lisa Congdon
Congdon transformed a detached carport on her property into a light-filled studio, complete with glazed windows cut into the garage doors. “I work in a lot of color and I also own a lot of colorful things—collections, books, ephemera,” Congdon tells Coulthard in the book. “I thought they would look great against an all-white background. It looks fresh and modern and all of my colorful things really pop.”
Nathalie Lété’s workspace
In this rosy pink, split-level studio, there is no holding back. “Like a magpie collecting for her nest, [Lété] pulls elements from far and wide—folk imagery, outsider art, children’s fairytales—and weaves them into her own unique designs,” writes Coulthard.
Lise Meunier’s crafting station
A sunny nook in Meunier’s apartment, dominated by a large kitchen table, is where all the magic happens. “I also have lots of small drawers, lockers and doll furniture—very practical for storing small things. I also like using old boxes for storage—biscuit boxes, sewing boxes, tool boxes,” she tells Coulthard.
“Everything is an assemblage,” writes Coulthard of O’Neill’s eclectic space. “Desktops heave with found and self-generated collage material. Shelves sag with mementos and curios. Martin’s storage is an artwork in itself and keeps the clutter tightly controlled; from vintage margarine boxes and letterpress trays to plan chests and shoe boxes.”
Catherine Derksema’s warehouse
“It can be difficult to make a large studio feel cozy, especially an old warehouse, but for textile designer and artist Cath Derksema, her workspace is nothing short of perfect,” writes Coulthard. “Huge windows and double-height open ceilings give the studio a cathedral-like sense of peace and plenty of room to maneuver large rolls of fabric.”