Posted on | June 28, 2011 | No Comments
Sorry about the absence lately — my interest on taking style pictures has been extremely low — and I have been traveling a bit. Plus there is an ongoing project… …probably reaching some sort of recognizable development stage in the near future.
Our apartment has probably originally been two rooms and a kitchen — but currently it is more or less T-shaped open floor plan with delightfully large mezzanine over the bathroom. The mezzanine/bathroom complex serves also as a partial space divider — the other (larger) wing of the T is our kitchen/living room. The other one was about to be our bedroom, but we soon moved our mattress to mezzanine, it’s more quiet place to sleep.
So the other room — which actually is not a room in the sense that it is part of this open floor area — has been bit of neglected. Okay, we have a huge row of closets there (my wardrobe) and my grandmother’s dressing table, kind of ugly utilitarian post-war thing, however I still like it and it even has some sentimental value in it, my grandmother was really close to me and the dressing table indeed reminds me of her. But the room has very little function, and we don’t spend much time in there. That is a shame — the room has a huge, beautiful window and lots of natural light flooding in. I guess that the only sane thing to do is to build my workspace there. I know that the plan will not be optimal — I still want to keep the dressing table and the closets occupy a huge amount of space — but I doubt that we will get any more floor space (and rooms) in this city any time soon. So I have to play with the cards I’m given.
The working station will be a standing one with my beautiful, fragrant (oh yes, the Apple computers have distinct, lovely scent) iMac with minimal peripheral / wire spaghetti. So there will be plenty of room for playing with aesthethics. The idea will be to blend some of our old stuff with quite few new purchases… …browse the flea markets for some decor/useful finds, maybe DIY something. The overall impression will hardly be minimal, I need to fit in my dressing mannequin and plenty of dressing/photographing/crafts/drawing related stuff — plus the stone-walled rooms in this old building are cold and have harsh acoustic image when too empty. So there will be stuff. The materials will be contrasting: soft and hard, smooth and textured, shiny and matte, organic and industrial… …I want a space that is inspirational, welcoming, warm and vibrant.
The desk is new — and although I will be standing most of the time some sort of lightweight stool is necessary. I think I will be using our kitchen stair/stool until I have saved for this beauty called Sella (by Zanotta, designed by Castiglioni brothers). But the lampshade by Love Frankie I could get instantly, I would love to find a quirky old table lamp foot to combine with it and place the whole thing behind the iMac to cast some gentle light over my everyday scrubbing spot…