how i work: my DIY desk space
I am looking forward to attending IDS 13 this coming weekend, January 24 to 27, 2013. This annual interior design trade and consumer show brings together the newest and most innovative of international and Canadian design. I’m particularly interested in seeing the How Do You Work? exhibit featuring four designers’ unique approaches to modern day work spaces. Today’s offices can be as near as one’s mobile device – be it an iPad, tablet or smartphone, leading to the questions pondered by these designers and addressed through their designs include – Where do the boundaries of work and play meet? Where is today’s work/life balance? In what type of environment are you most productive?
These questions have me assessing and pondering how I work in my personal space. Living in an open concept condo, there are no boundaries between work and play in my home. Having converted the ‘den’ into my ‘dining room’, I have dedicated a niche in my living area into a workspace with a minimalist DIY desk. The top I constructed from an 3/4″ MDF off-cut from my upholstered headboard project, the thickness of which I built up with a ‘frame’ of trim on the underside. Painted with an oil based semi-gloss, it has held up fairly well for going on five years now.
The right side is supported by a standard flat-pack, originally honey wood coloured file and shelf unit from Canadian Tire that I painted with the same paint as the desk surface and swapped the handle provided for a more contemporary, brushed metal option. While I love the design and the affordable price of the reproduction Herman Miller-esque chair, I’m sorry to say that the vinyl hasn’t worn as well as my painted desk.
The left support and storage pedestal I cobbled together from a couple of wire metal ‘cubes’ from Urban Outfitters. When stacked they aren’t quite tall enough to be desk height, so I slipped in a pre-stretched artist canvas, 3″ in depth, from DeSerres. Functional accessories include the lamp from the now defunct Zellers, the leather desk mat from the now defunct Caban, and the mirror fashioned from a vintage, hand-carved, wood frame that was my grandparents’, strategically placed so I can easily glance up and see the TV.
As much as I am happy and productive working in this open concept space, design is about evolution and efficiency is about continuous improvement. A new chair perhaps? Some interesting colour / art on the bland beige wall? Some hanging storage solutions to take advantage of that bland beige wall? New and improved lighting? Options for shutting away more of my work to help maintain work-life balance?
How do you work?