Design Bloggers: Where They Work

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July 30, 2013
In our September 2013 issue, we profiled 18 of our favorite design bloggers, sharing their latest discoveries in furniture, graphic design, travel, architecture, and more. With this special report on newsstands now, we went back to these online writers and asked them to send snapshots of their workspaces and tell us a bit about what inspires them. Here, a peek at creative work spaces from around the world, from a coffee shop in Cologne to a desk by the beach in Cape Town.
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  Daniel Kanter, Manhattan Nest, New York, New York: "I worked on my next blog post and answered emails and comments in this corner of my living room in Brooklyn this morning. In the moments when people aren't screaming at each other on the street below, it's a nice quiet place to stay happy and focused—just me, my dogs, and a few pretty things around (including a lamp from OneFortyThree, a print from Erie Drive, iittala candlesticks, and some vintage doodads). It's nice to be back in Brooklyn for a bit after several weeks of renovating our house non-stop upstate. My other workspace up there isn't quite as tidy and civilized yet."
    Daniel Kanter, Manhattan Nest, New York, New York: "I worked on my next blog post and answered emails and comments in this corner of my living room in Brooklyn this morning. In the moments when people aren't screaming at each other on the street below, it's a nice quiet place to stay happy and focused—just me, my dogs, and a few pretty things around (including a lamp from OneFortyThree, a print from Erie Drive, iittala candlesticks, and some vintage doodads). It's nice to be back in Brooklyn for a bit after several weeks of renovating our house non-stop upstate. My other workspace up there isn't quite as tidy and civilized yet."
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  Diana Moss, Miss Moss, Cape Town, South Africa: "My desk is best in the morning, when the sun streams in through the large balcony windows. Our apartment is right by the sea, so it's nice to sit there with a cup of coffee and smell the ocean. If I want to drown out the sound of the often noisy seagulls (who live on our roof) I tend to blast the classic wood-trimmed stereo that I inherited from my dad."
    Diana Moss, Miss Moss, Cape Town, South Africa: "My desk is best in the morning, when the sun streams in through the large balcony windows. Our apartment is right by the sea, so it's nice to sit there with a cup of coffee and smell the ocean. If I want to drown out the sound of the often noisy seagulls (who live on our roof) I tend to blast the classic wood-trimmed stereo that I inherited from my dad."
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  Pieterjan Grandry, Crap Is Good, Berlin, Germany: "We are very lucky to have a little plot of land in Berlin and with it a little self-made cabin, a vegetable garden, shower and everything else we need to make it comfortable. During the summer weeks (it's still Berlin, so summer is short) we have moved the office here. Office work gets mixed with watering the plants, making charcoal for the dry toilet, cooking and building. We have a small solar panel for energy, but still move back to the office once in a while to do some printing and charge the batteries."
    Pieterjan Grandry, Crap Is Good, Berlin, Germany: "We are very lucky to have a little plot of land in Berlin and with it a little self-made cabin, a vegetable garden, shower and everything else we need to make it comfortable. During the summer weeks (it's still Berlin, so summer is short) we have moved the office here. Office work gets mixed with watering the plants, making charcoal for the dry toilet, cooking and building. We have a small solar panel for energy, but still move back to the office once in a while to do some printing and charge the batteries."
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  Tara Murdoch, The Beautiful Soup, Adelaide, Australia: "This photo was taken in my bedroom in the evening. I have a day job in human resources and my blog is my creative outlet at night. My bedroom is my sanctuary and probably my favorite room in my home. I like to create a peaceful atmosphere with lamps and candles and be surrounded by some of my favorite books and artworks, plus usually a cat or two. I find blogging here a relaxing way to wind down while being simultaneously inspired by beautiful interiors."
    Tara Murdoch, The Beautiful Soup, Adelaide, Australia: "This photo was taken in my bedroom in the evening. I have a day job in human resources and my blog is my creative outlet at night. My bedroom is my sanctuary and probably my favorite room in my home. I like to create a peaceful atmosphere with lamps and candles and be surrounded by some of my favorite books and artworks, plus usually a cat or two. I find blogging here a relaxing way to wind down while being simultaneously inspired by beautiful interiors."
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  Anna Peuckert and Søren Jepsen, 12hrs.net, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Cologne, Germany: "We are constantly on the road, and we take our office with us. Writing travel guides takes a lot of preparation; we have to have an idea of where to go before we arrive, even if we have never visited a place before. We always have our laptops, camera, phone, and our trusty Moleskine notebook on hand to scribble down ideas for new travel tips and take a few pictures. In this photo, we are at a coffee roaster in Cologne, Germany. Van Dyck has the best beans in town, hands down. And we love to work there. The cafe is calming, with its sleek, almost cold, award-winning interior. In the back, they are roasting the beans, so the whole room is filled with the smell of great coffee."
    Anna Peuckert and Søren Jepsen, 12hrs.net, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Cologne, Germany: "We are constantly on the road, and we take our office with us. Writing travel guides takes a lot of preparation; we have to have an idea of where to go before we arrive, even if we have never visited a place before. We always have our laptops, camera, phone, and our trusty Moleskine notebook on hand to scribble down ideas for new travel tips and take a few pictures. In this photo, we are at a coffee roaster in Cologne, Germany. Van Dyck has the best beans in town, hands down. And we love to work there. The cafe is calming, with its sleek, almost cold, award-winning interior. In the back, they are roasting the beans, so the whole room is filled with the smell of great coffee."
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  Kelly Beall, Design Crush Blog, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: "Lately I've been working at my kitchen table, even though I have an office in my home. I just love the open space and the fantastic light that pours in through the double doors to my patio. The majority of my work is on my laptop, but I'm old-school when it comes to making lists and marking dates in my planner and taking notes in my notebook. They're both always within reach, as are a glass of iced green tea and some sort of lip balm. With my dogs underfoot (you can spy one of their toys here!) I work the day—and sometimes night—away."
    Kelly Beall, Design Crush Blog, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: "Lately I've been working at my kitchen table, even though I have an office in my home. I just love the open space and the fantastic light that pours in through the double doors to my patio. The majority of my work is on my laptop, but I'm old-school when it comes to making lists and marking dates in my planner and taking notes in my notebook. They're both always within reach, as are a glass of iced green tea and some sort of lip balm. With my dogs underfoot (you can spy one of their toys here!) I work the day—and sometimes night—away."
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  Johnny Strategy, Spoon & Tamago, Tokyo, Japan, and Brooklyn, New York: "This is my apartment. My wife and kids are in Japan right now so it's particularly quiet. We live on the top floor of a walk-up building but the flip side to walking up all those stairs is that it's really quiet, there's plenty of sunlight, and we also get a really nice breeze throughout our entire apartment. That bookcase you see in the back is full of books, magazines, clippings and all sorts of curiosities that I can reach out to and reference. All in all, the space is ideal for generating ideas and writing."
    Johnny Strategy, Spoon & Tamago, Tokyo, Japan, and Brooklyn, New York: "This is my apartment. My wife and kids are in Japan right now so it's particularly quiet. We live on the top floor of a walk-up building but the flip side to walking up all those stairs is that it's really quiet, there's plenty of sunlight, and we also get a really nice breeze throughout our entire apartment. That bookcase you see in the back is full of books, magazines, clippings and all sorts of curiosities that I can reach out to and reference. All in all, the space is ideal for generating ideas and writing."
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  Anna Dorfman, Door Sixteen, Brooklyn and Newburgh, New York: "This photo was taken in the office at my house in Newburgh, which my husband also uses as a music studio. As a book cover designer, I spend much of my work day in a publishing office, and most of my blogging happens on the sofa—the office is for when I have to really focus on a longer piece of personal writing or on freelance design work. I don't like to have a lot of distractions and papers in my line of sight when I'm working, so I make an effort to clear off the entire desk surface before I get started. The desk itself is comprised of the top of a very old, large drafting table that my father used as his collage/drawing surface for many years—I changed the old adjustable legs to a metal IKEA underframe to make it functional for my needs as a flat surface."
    Anna Dorfman, Door Sixteen, Brooklyn and Newburgh, New York: "This photo was taken in the office at my house in Newburgh, which my husband also uses as a music studio. As a book cover designer, I spend much of my work day in a publishing office, and most of my blogging happens on the sofa—the office is for when I have to really focus on a longer piece of personal writing or on freelance design work. I don't like to have a lot of distractions and papers in my line of sight when I'm working, so I make an effort to clear off the entire desk surface before I get started. The desk itself is comprised of the top of a very old, large drafting table that my father used as his collage/drawing surface for many years—I changed the old adjustable legs to a metal IKEA underframe to make it functional for my needs as a flat surface."
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  Danielle De Lange, Style-Files.com, Zuiderwoude, the Netherlands: "On my desk, which is from IKEA, is my iMac. In the background you see an Aboriginal painting that I bought in Australia. This large painting gives color to my office! I like working in this room as it is spacious and light (with lots of windows). Connected to my office is a small room which is my three-year-old son's playroom so he can play and I can keep an eye on him when I am working."
    Danielle De Lange, Style-Files.com, Zuiderwoude, the Netherlands: "On my desk, which is from IKEA, is my iMac. In the background you see an Aboriginal painting that I bought in Australia. This large painting gives color to my office! I like working in this room as it is spacious and light (with lots of windows). Connected to my office is a small room which is my three-year-old son's playroom so he can play and I can keep an eye on him when I am working."
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  Katie Treggiden, Confessions of a Design Geek, Surrey, England: "Here's me at my desk. I have a studio at the bottom of my garden, the front of which is almost entirely glass, so it's flooded of natural light. The wall to my left is covered in inspiration images and the big calendars from which I run my life! And to my right, I have a lovely view of the garden. I've also got a sofa and armchair in my studio, which are really useful for meetings and just getting away from my computer—usually for proof reading. My studio is full of things by designers I love, like the cushion by Imogen Heath on the sofa."
    Katie Treggiden, Confessions of a Design Geek, Surrey, England: "Here's me at my desk. I have a studio at the bottom of my garden, the front of which is almost entirely glass, so it's flooded of natural light. The wall to my left is covered in inspiration images and the big calendars from which I run my life! And to my right, I have a lovely view of the garden. I've also got a sofa and armchair in my studio, which are really useful for meetings and just getting away from my computer—usually for proof reading. My studio is full of things by designers I love, like the cushion by Imogen Heath on the sofa."
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  Lucy Feagins, The Design Files, Melbourne, Australia: "I work from a home office which my partner built in our little back garden, in the inner city suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne.  The room is about four square meters—not huge, but just big enough for myself and our fantastic editorial assistant, Lisa Marie Corso, who sits opposite me. Together we crank out a lot of work in this little space! The best thing about our office is the huge content calendar we have on one whole wall of the studio—this is where we plan all content in advance, and I don't know how we would get anything done without it! It's great to see all the content you're working on in this visual way—so much better than iCal! Aside from this, we've filled the space with things we love: artwork by some of my fave local artists such as Lucas Grogan and Nicholas Jones, and one of my most treasured possessions, a Trashkova gold-plated rubbish bin by local Melbourne design studio Boqil. Very extravagant for a trash can, but it makes me so happy!"
    Lucy Feagins, The Design Files, Melbourne, Australia: "I work from a home office which my partner built in our little back garden, in the inner city suburb of Brunswick in Melbourne. The room is about four square meters—not huge, but just big enough for myself and our fantastic editorial assistant, Lisa Marie Corso, who sits opposite me. Together we crank out a lot of work in this little space! The best thing about our office is the huge content calendar we have on one whole wall of the studio—this is where we plan all content in advance, and I don't know how we would get anything done without it! It's great to see all the content you're working on in this visual way—so much better than iCal! Aside from this, we've filled the space with things we love: artwork by some of my fave local artists such as Lucas Grogan and Nicholas Jones, and one of my most treasured possessions, a Trashkova gold-plated rubbish bin by local Melbourne design studio Boqil. Very extravagant for a trash can, but it makes me so happy!"
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  Dave Cuzner, Grain Edit, Oakland, California: "I alternate between working in the living room and the downstairs office depending on my mood and the time of day. During the afternoon, I usually work in my office where I have easy access to books and tools in addition to a back patio where I can quickly escape for some midday sun. On my desk, I usually have a macbook tied to an external monitor, so I can effortlessly switch between programs and files. In addition, I have a 2nd laptop that I break out for those times that I want to watch TV while I work."
    Dave Cuzner, Grain Edit, Oakland, California: "I alternate between working in the living room and the downstairs office depending on my mood and the time of day. During the afternoon, I usually work in my office where I have easy access to books and tools in addition to a back patio where I can quickly escape for some midday sun. On my desk, I usually have a macbook tied to an external monitor, so I can effortlessly switch between programs and files. In addition, I have a 2nd laptop that I break out for those times that I want to watch TV while I work."

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