Interview with Workspaces

Interview with Workspaces

Workspaces is a beautiful collection of desk setups, curated by Ryan Gilbert.

My home office was featured in Edition 335, and picked up by a bunch of different sites and social accounts afterwards. In total a few hundred thousand people saw pictures of the space—which is pretty cool and a little weird.

I shot the photos on a Canon 5D Mark III using 24mm f/1.4L II and 100mm f/2.8L lenses.

Workspaces interview

What is your favorite item in your workspace?

A polaroid of my mum’s mum, or license plate from my dad’s dad.‍

Workspaces interview

‍How do you spark creativity?

Creativity is more of a background thread for me; it’s generally there, chewing on a task or problem set, periodically returning ideas for the conscious mind to test or validate.

Workspaces interview

How do you manage work-life balance?

No strict rules—there’s push and pull there, and I think that’s ok. It should be ok to put in a few extra hours when a project needs help, but it should also be ok to take an unplanned afternoon off to savour the last long days of summer.‍

Workspaces interview
Workspaces interview

‍What do you think is the main benefit of remote work?

Subtracting geography from the hiring equation helps create more diverse and meritocratic teams.

Workspaces interview

Workspace hardware:

  • Apple Macbook Pro
  • Apple Studio Display
  • Herman Miller Action Office desk base with plywood top
  • Herman Miller Aeron
  • Leuchtturm1917 A5 dotted notebook
  • Shure SM7B microphone
  • Universal Audio Apollo Solo interface
  • IsoAcoustics ISO Stands
  • Yamaha HS80M & HS10W monitors
  • ZSA Moonlander keyboard w/MT3 Susuwatari keycaps‍

Additional items:

  • ‍‍600/P table lamps designed by Gino Sarfatti
  • Model 42 side chairs designed by Kai Kristiansen
  • Modular bookcases designed by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen
  • Oil painting by Chris Simonite
  • Wurtlizer 200 electric piano

After the interview was published, Jeff Sheldon from Ugmonk generously offered to send me a monitor stand and some other products from their Gather collection—thus ending my mistreatment of coffee table books… for now.

Workspaces interview
Workspaces interview
Workspaces interview
Workspaces interview