WORK. It's what we do, what we obsess over, celebrate, complain about, get paid for. We may call it Art, but it's still work. Particularly for creative types, where we do our work must have something to do with how it turns out, for better or worse - yet we rarely get to see behind the curtain.

We would like you to share something about your special place where creativity blooms. So where do you work?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My little refuge from the rain

Built in 1937, this drafting table was custom made for the home studio of architect Leonard F. Starks. Drafting boards have gone the way of the biplane and this space now functions as a web-desk. It's about 3ft X 5ft, in an L-shaped room that's about 8X12 ft. The monitor obscures some of the shelves, nooks and cubbies - which are my favorite features. Clutter is inevitable, but it could be improved. All the cables, cords and phone diminish the available desk surface, leaving room for not much more than a single notebook. Within a short time, though, the desktop phone and overstuffed inbox should be phased out, making more room. Wireless devices may help as well.

One of the better features of this space is the preserved character of the vintage woodwork and built-in cabinets. The worst part is how awkwardly the new technology sits within the old.  I'll be working on that in 2011.

 The opposite end of the room, a mere 12 feet away, is my music corner and library. It's great to step away from the desk and strum a bit on the guitar from time to time, or peruse a fine art or reference book. A short walk to revive the soul.
My favorite feature is the vintage Belfast clock, a gift many years ago from a dear, departed friend.  If you've got to keep track of time, best to do it in style.

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