Last week I posted one side of the new office/studio, which is now at the front of the house (where the bedroom used to be). Here’s what’s over by the window on the other side of the room.
My desk is made from the top of my father’s old drawing table. It originally had these beautiful, gigantic, adjustable legs, which are great for drawing, but not so great for sewing or cutting or using a computer (not that I use that ancient iMac very much, believe me—most of my computer usage is limited to the sofa with our MacBook, or at my workplace on a G5) I’ve had the table in storage for years now, because it just wasn’t meeting my needs. To make it more functional and bring it out of hiding, I took the adjustable legs off (they’re back in storage), and added a pair of steel VIKA MOLIDEN underframes from IKEA in their place. Because they are screwed directly into solid wood, the table is now incredible sturdy and perfectly level. I’m very happy that I’m able to use my father’s table again! It holds more personal meaning to me than any new surface could, and I think that’s important to have at least a little of that in every room in the house—particularly in a space that’s use for creative endeavors.
I really really really hate seeing things like scanners, printers, modems, electrical cords, and powers strips. I’ve squirreled them all away in my trusty IKEA PS cabinet (raise your hand if you own one of these! Maybe there needs to be a Flickr group…), which I’ve been dragging around from apartment to apartment to apartment to house for 5 years now. It’s one of the most functional, attractive, and durable pieces of furniture I own. I think it has entered the realm of design classic, and I hope IKEA continues manufacturing these cabinets for a long time.