Ideally, I’d have all the best photos I had of my work rotating up there, people would hopefully be intrigued, and dive into the site for more work. So why the couch? Well, for starters, it’s a pretty cool photograph, right?! But I’m going to let you in on a dirty secret: I don’t always enjoy designing. Most of the time it’s hard. It taps into all the parts of myself that I don’t like; hits me in the weak points over and over again, and I get run down and exhausted. When I was in school I often had professors refer to me as a “natural” at design and I couldn’t understand. How can I be good at this if it’s so gut-wrenching?
A lot of designers I know use design as a hobby as well as a profession. They get up, go to work, design, come home, read about design, look at design, design some more. Design, design, design. I can’t. Designing is what I do, it’s not who I am. And I’ve found that designing the space I live in is an incredibly liberating pastime. Yes, it’s still design. But it’s tangible and physical in a way that’s lacking from the design I do in my everyday life. It lets me turn my brain off from pixels and emails and focus on the tangible things right in front of me. So I suppose I am one of the designers who can’t seem to escape the profession on my own time, but I won’t deny myself the indulgence so long as it betters my quality of life.
I’ve always been a hoarder, which serves my interior design fetish well. I also wanted to be a lego set designer when I was a kid, and picking the right planks of walnut for a table or finding the right arrangement of knick-knacks to go on the desk I make with that walnut is as close as I can get as an adult. Interior decorating requires care for proportion, for color, for texture, for balance. It’s like laying out a beautiful publication but at the end of the day you get to sit in the thing you’ve made.
“It’s like laying out a beautiful publication but at the end of the day you get to sit in the thing you’ve made”
I feel like the way my space looks is as much a representation of how I work as anything I craft on the computer. Being a homebody, I spend a lot of time here. I can’t control what space I work in at my day job, but I can control this. It needs to be both stimulating and relaxing. It needs to be comfortable. I want people to want to come socialize here. It reflects the things I love and appreciate: the right combination of textiles on a couple of chairs or the rusty old just-not-quite-right-nes of a motor oil sign with wonky type. It shows where I draw my inspiration from, what I strive for in my work. And hell, if people with dedicated home offices can show those off, why can’t I show off my couch?! It’s really comfy! I do a lot of work there! In conclusion, lay off my couch, unless you want to stop by and hang out, in which case, please, feel free.