July 16, 2010
“The ideal live/work space to me is centered around integration and not separation, the art of balance and not of juggling. These images represents the most important elements I value in my own space and tried to depict how they can work together.”
Sam Rosen is designer and photographer. He is also a member of The Post Family.
And this concludes our Post posts. It’s been great hosting this group of guys. I was so thrilled when they agreed to put their collective brain to this task of imagining the ultimate home work space. Thank you Post Family for your generosity, intelligence and time!
July 15, 2010
“I’ve been a skateboard rider for almost 20 years. I still have the urge to ride once in a while, but the only problem for me is getting to a good place to skate. Having a ramp in my living room would make for some great stress relieving sessions I’m sure. And with lots of natural light, I don’t think I’d ever need to leave my house.”
Rod Hunting is a designer/ illustrator and member of the Post Family.
Balance, Design, Products
July 13, 2010
“My ideal space changes from day to day. New sensory inputs, outside perspectives and friction with my surroundings causes me to focus on things that I wouldn’t normally focus on, or necessarily want to focus on. When such a friction or tension is created between me and my environment, that is when I do my best work, or have the most eureka moments–the very moments that keep me working from one day to the next.
I have my clearest thoughts when I’m thinking as an escape of sorts or a reverie from where I am, or the task I am doing. If I see something or think of something that relates to a far off thought in my head, the unexpected connection fuels my next move. This is all driven by the friction, and going to the same place to sit in the same space everyday, is not much help. At the same time, if I have the motivation, focus and know exactly what needs to be done then isolation from any friction is best.
For my space to be effective, surroundings and situations need to change, but at the same time there must be consistency to make it usable. Otherwise, the same problem will appear each day, and just like going to the same place everyday, that problem will eventually be solved and that solution will become a repeptive task. So how can one’s surroundings challenge yet remain static enough to support your needs. There lies the challenge, and somewhere between a cradle and a war zone; or nil and infinity, lies the solution.
With all of that in mind, projects by Scup(IT) [Architects Pieter Peerlings & Silvia Mertens make up Sculp(IT), they live and work in this space pictured above and below. It is 2.4 meters wide, 5.5 meters depth and 12 meters height. Via Coolboom] and LOT-EK appeal to me. Shipping containers positioned and interconnected in different ways to create an inhabitable space.
I like the simplcity of contruction and the ability to easily replicate the design in multiple locations. The thought of throwing my home/office on a flat bed and taking it with me is appleaing but not very practical, nor as convenient as having one waiting for you wherever you might end up. The main places I find myself working are the cafe, park, bar, studio, in isolation and when I travel, or go somewhere new.
These places can somewhat be replicated in one of each section of the live/work space, and like the project by Sculp(IT) could include: wide open windows and interaction with the street on the first floor, food/drink on the second, sleep/bath on the third, isolation on four, and on top a garden. I would lay it on its side for a mountain or a lake setting.”
Davey Sommers is the Post Family’s resident blogger.
Photos by Luc Roymans via Coolboom.
July 12, 2010
“Having worked from my bedroom in isolation for a few years, I have learned two very important things. 1. Physically separating work and home allows your mind to decompress and refocus. Always being ‘ON’ is mentally taxing. 2. Social interaction is infinitely important to healthy growth. Especially when you are in your mid 20′s. So here is how I would handle a live/work concept:
My ideal live/work situation is based on community, shared spaces and a distinct separation between home and work. In this campus, one building is devoted to homes and one building is devoted to businesses both retail and office. Both buildings have shared roof decks and backyards to encourage gatherings. The idea is to rent both apartments and work spaces to people as a package. And ideally these are independent businesses that foster local communities.
By Alex Fuller.”
Alex is a graphic designer and one of the seven members of the Post Family.
July 12, 2010
Seven men. That’s who began this design collective. They are based in Chicago and are all artists of one kind or another. I was really impressed with the Post Family story (check out Family Values). There’s something compelling about a group of creative people figuring out a way to work together. It was their design blog that caught my eye and drove me to contact them to see how we could fold the Post Family into Lifework. The idea is simple, really. I asked them to imagine your ideal home workspace and express it in some kind of visual way. A nice broad brief that has thrown up some truly inspiring work. Over the next week I will post work from Alex Fuller, Davey Sommers, David Sieren, Rod Hunting and Sam Rosen. Look out for Alex’s piece later today.