“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” (Allegedly) Albert Einstein.
When it comes to thinking about the home it’s all about space. My space, your space, shared space, outside space… you get the picture. What’s more, experts believe that how we interact with the space all around us says something about us.
In his book Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You, Sam Gosling cleverly links aspects of people’s personalities to the spaces and places they inhabit day-to-day. What we have in our offices and the objects on our desks are, apparently, very revealing and say a lot about how we think and behave.
In fact desks, more often than not, are personal spaces (unless you work in an office where hot desking is the order of the day). And according to Gosling, how you order your desk says a lot about your openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.
Bringing this concept to life, Red Magazine’s Pip McCormac, explains that for those working in creative fields “setting up the right environment is crucial for generating great ideas.” Taking inspiration from three international tastemakers, he gets their views on the importance of the desk…
Aerin Lauder, Founder & Creative Director of aerin.style and Image Director of Estee Lauder: “My grandmother Estee…always told me that because you spend so much time at your desk it should be a comfortable place, a space for work and friendship. Whether that’s bringing in your favourite mug or a plant, it’s essential to have touches of personality.”
Annoushka Ducas, Fine Jewellery Designer annoushka.com: “My workspace tends to be quite cluttered…Sympathetic lighting is what stops the stuff from overwhelming – both from big windows and from gently angled lamps, creating the illusion of calm. My mood board is where I really let images take over…I just pin them to the wall so they’re easy to move around.”
Leilin Lopez, Fashion Stylist leilinlopez.com: “It’s so important to be inspired by the space you work in…Flowers are joyful to have around and we’ll often cluster groups of vases in the same colour, or piles of books.”
Futon Company says: When it comes to working from home or finding a space to be creative, there’s no better place than a desk. And don’t let small space living get in the way of finding a space of your own – we have plenty of desk options to make the most of space saving living so you can make the most of your creativity…