Submissions: Create Your Ideal Workspace
Last month we challenged the GOOD community to "Create Your Ideal Workspace." We received fantastic submissions that transform the conventional desk and chair, deconstructing the components of productivity and inspiration in the very space which they are created. Check out our top picks and vote for your favorite entry below.
The winner will receive a GOOD t-shirt and a year's subscription to keep or send to a friend. Voting will remain open through Thursday, December 15, and we'll announce the winner on Friday, December 16.
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It's always been a dream, perhaps a nightmare, of mine to have a studio space at the top of a lighthouse in which to work on my art and design. There would be other small rooms: bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, but instead of a light there would be my desk and stuff. 360 degrees of windows overlooking the water. Suffice to say I enjoy/need seclusion when it's work time.
My ideal workspace brings the outside in. The space is embedded in the side of a steep ocean cliff. Most of the space is within the cliff face, with the rest cantilevering out over the ocean. The bright sunny side of the space is for working on and assembling my ideas, while the cool shady side is for thinking and napping on my day bed. The bright side would have my computer and large work table, while the back would have a couch for reading and thinking and a day bed for napping. The walls of the space have all the odds and ends I need to keep me going, and keep me thinking: Rows of books, a stereo, coffee pot, my cello, etc. Fresh water pours from a spout in the back wall and runs through the space into the ocean below, pausing for a second in a small reflecting pool in the middle of the room. I could get a drink or wash up in the reflecting pool whenever I need to feel a little fresher. This would be my Shangri-la, my Perfect work space.
I'm a freelance graphic designer working from home now. I find the more I take out off my office - the more I get out of it. Scaling it down to a few key pieces is important in keeping my work and mind less cluttered. I like the idea of an office where all those items revolve around me and the core workspace is breathable. I also like to walk around while taking calls so this way I have a small track to walk around in circles, grabbing coffee and catching a nice view along the way. If the office itself could revolve - that would be great as well.
It won't look exactly like this, but this is roughly what I want. Yes, I'm aware it's not really an office, but a small farm, but it's what I really, really want to own one day. I shouldn't need much of an office again, except to store animal's vet information and the computer, and a few other things.
My ideal workspace isn't very extravagant if you ignore the mini-fridge filled with energy drinks...
I'm sure tons of artists have a set up very similar to this. What makes it my dream workspace is that it represents the fact that I'd have a whole room to call my studio, to have hardwood floors my chair can glide across, a reading nook in the corner, a glass drafting table with a lightbox attached underneath, a place and plug for all my artistic appliances, a bright and open window to let in sunlight...
...right now I have none of these things, but I will someday!
This Treehouse Workspace includes everything needed for successful creativity, including a retractable rope ladder and a slide within the tree trunk. Maybe there's even a tiger pit underground to keep away unwanted clients?
I used this challenge as a prompt to exercise design thinking with my second grade students. They decided that their workspace is actually a classroom. We talked about the function of a classroom, which they determined was a place for learning. Then we sought to decide what key factors need to be in place for learning- of the many suggestions, we decided that it needed to be conducive to 1) safety 2) fun 3) concentration. From there they collectively brainstormed traits and features that could satisfy those needs, and they took off running! We are going to try to implement some of the prototype features in our own room to test out, such as the "motivation board" and beanbag and clipboard workspaces, although much to their disappointment, the zipline and climbing walls won't be possible additions. We'll see how many iterations we need to reach our ideal classroom workspace to meet all their diverse needs!
Jennifer Der Yuen
Art by: Alexander, Brennan, Brynn, Kayla, Lindsay, Maya, Mihir, Nina, Riley and Spencer