Couldn’t find a fully adequate already-existing thread for this (the tiny corner thread isn’t really the same idea), so time for a new one!
I wanted to start a discussion about everyone’s perception of how important their workspace is to their creative process. It’s something I think about a lot, having spent the last half a year or so slowly redoing a room to serve a more dedicated and professional studio purpose. The influence of the space is something that I think is often overlooked, or perhaps just accepted due to not having the opportunity to work in a “better” space.
I know that in my case, there have been several spaces I had to deal with in the past which I felt negatively impacted my creativity. I found it very difficult to work in my dorm while I was in college, for example, having just a cramped little wooden desk trapped within the surroundings of the stereotypical teenage messy room. However, when I worked in the school’s recording studios, I immediately felt inspired and motivated, surrounded by the glow of outboard gear, dim studio lights, and shiny wooden flooring. It’s as if I felt unable to create professional-quality work unless I was in a space that seemed itself professional.
Cut to now, where I’ve more or less finished furnishing a dedicated studio space. It’s the size of a small bedroom, so there are still issues of space as more gear finds its way in every now and again, but it’s a start:
In a perfect world I would be so lucky as to have a space such as Nils Frahm’s current digs in Berlin:
but for now, I am feeling more or less that my current space gives me room to breathe and feels worthy of the aspiring professional that I am.
So how have spaces affected you creatively?