Alex Proba of Studio Proba
I am pretty lucky that I get to work in my home studio as well as in other studios and offices. I split my time between the two about fifty-fifty.
I am a person that needs complete order and silence to be able to create, which is often impossible to control when I work in other people's spaces. I’ve had to learn to let go of controlling spaces that aren’t mine. Therefore, I am even more precious and systematized in my own space.
My studio gets messy but just when I am actually creating. Once I am finished for the day I put everything back in order. It might be the German in me. Another very important thing to me is to be surrounded by plants because at the moment Studio Proba consists of just me. The plants make it feel like I have silent company.
I have a studio where my team and I work. To make it homey, we have lots of plants. The studio has a large south-facing window, providing us with an abundance of natural light, which the plants and I love. We used to keep some finished pieces in that area, but as we’ve run low on space, it’s just become another messy work area.
Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming of Yield Design
We work from our studio warehouse and we incorporate certain comforts from home. We were lucky to find a beautiful warehouse space with natural light and lush surroundings. We made sure to install a small kitchen and plenty of lounge spaces and outdoor areas for breaks. To be able to cook our own food and take a break on the couch helps give us those micro moments of relaxation. And most importantly, we are sure to bring our dog Clover along nearly every day.
I work everywhere! My home is tranquil and almost monastic—it allows me to decompress. However, we just bought a new place and I am going to do something completely different. My office is incredibly hectic and intense. My brothers tinker in there and are constantly messing around—it feels like our childhood. It’s fun and the energy is great. We play music, light candles—I'm huge on scents and senses. I think if all your senses are in tune and pleasantly engaged the work will be great.
Brooke Intrachat of Ouli
I work out of my home and on the go. It’s brilliant that so many people’s offices and studios can now exist outside of physical space—good or bad, communication and contact is ever-present. And, to be honest, some of my favorite designs have been conceived while out and about, not in my workspace. My home is a space where I find solace, which makes it an excellent think tank for design. I am lucky enough to surround myself with objects and things I love and this is where I often find the most inspiration.
I don’t try to make my home feel like a workplace or vice versa. I want each to be the best version of themselves.
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