A space to work : the heart or the mind

When we work at home a well-defined workspace is a necessity, because putting all the things away every day is out of the question.

This workspace must also be functional, but the wellness notion mustn’t be neglected because it is a space where we spend many hours everyday. When I talk about wellness, I refer to the pleasant sensation you feel when you sit at the desk, the sensation that it is the perfect place to create and work.

Obviously, when I started to think about my desk I started to visit Pinterest.

I wanted a desk with a sleek design, easy to clear, without distractions. I started to collect pictures of white workspaces, with a scandinavian style. Everything would be in its place leaving on the desk only the essentials.

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Desire to inspire

Logically, the colors should be neutral : white with a touch of grey and black.

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Beeldsteil

Clearly, it was only an ideal vision, because an artistic job means having a lot and a lot of material and therefore, needing a lot of functional storage within reach, like these large drawers.

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Seventeenth & Irving

 

When I was looking for some ideas on Pinterest, I found far more exciting pictures of workspaces. The mind was telling me to be pragmatic, to not get distracted and the heart was telling me to create a personalized space, in my image, a space stimulating my creativity.

My first objection to pragmatism was : having a lot of storage is a good thing, but all the stuff must be easily accessible, because open and close drawers all the time become quickly unnerving. I realized that the pictures with many supplies on the desk enjoyed me more than white organized spaces.

illustrator Oliver Jeffers' studio with paints and pens on table

The Guardian

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Design Sponge

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Etapes

 

The second objection was related to my way of working. I know very well that wanting a bright space may not be adequate to me. I need inspiration from things I like, from others artists illustrations, from books or from my own creations.

I can easily imagine a moodboard above my desk.

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SF Girl By Day

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Apartment Therapy

So, emotion or pragmatism? Do we have to oppose both? A bright workspace is necessary to think clearly?

I’ll show you on the next post how I chose to organise my desk.

And you? Did you follow the heart or the mind?

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