Carson Converse takes all the beauty of geometric architectural forms and translates them into her art — whether it be works on paper or quilts. It’s beautiful work. Here we take a tour of her home workspace in New York.
How long have you worked from home? Two years. I am currently living in an apartment in Ossining, NY.
Describe your style? How would you define your aesthetic when it comes to interiors? It varies. I think design should be inspired by tradition, location, and function; what I like varies based on what feels natural or appropriate for an interior. What I don’t like is anything that feels fussy or forced. I do have an affinity with modern clean lines with lots of glass, wood, and concrete. My personal style is a mix of mid-century modern, industrial loft, and Scandinavian interiors.
How do you keep your workspace organized? I tend to explode outward when I work. Having separate boxes for each project has been crucial. At least at the end of the day or when I switch tasks, everything is hidden and contained.
When you set up your home office what did you have to keep in mind? Were there any particular obstacles to overcome? Space. Keeping our small one-bedroom apartment from becoming one big office/studio has been hard. I like avoiding visual clutter in my living space, but when I work I like to see things on the wall and have all my materials and supplies out in the open. Because of the limited square footage and storage I have had to compromise a bit on both ends. There is also the problem of “leaving” work. At first I had my office in a small 5ft by 8ft area at one end of my bedroom, which was great because it kept my office hidden from the rest of the apartment. But I was having problems sleeping because as soon as I entered the bedroom I started thinking about my to-do list. Now all administrative and online work is done in a separate room, which has helped enormously.
Is there any piece of home office furniture you wish you had right now? An ergonomic chair. My legs and back are killing me.
What desk accessory can’t you do without? My computer (if that counts) although I think it has become too important. My Blomus tape measure, which looks great and has both imperial and metric measurements. I also love my rotary cutter and cutting board.
What would you change about your space? I’d love more wall space and a bigger closet.
What inspires you? Architecture, interiors, nature, art, traditional crafts from around the world, and the work of other designers. I feel lucky because I essentially get paid to stay inspired and come up with design solutions. By the time I hit my studio, the biggest problem is editing.