On desks

Stumbled across a video from imaginary forces on artists, their desks, and the idea of —

Some notable bits:
There’s something about coming to sit at a desk that stops you from becoming completely nomadic and drifting entirely. / If you want to understand the inner workings of an artist’s mind, then of course the desk is the most telling space for that. The way the desk is arranged, the way the desk is cluttered, the mess that you find at the end of the day. / If a messy desk is a sign of a messy mind, what is an empty desk a sign of?

Massimo Vignelli on his desk: My desk is very square, very strong. It’s very important to have a place where you work that is in sync with yourself. / David Miller: You’re surrounded by your stuff… to be around books and stuff taped up on the wall, that’s when stuff starts to happen, you start to create a world, there’s a sense of warmth, a familiarity…

The desk as an aspirational space: The way you arrange things on a desk is the kind of how you’d like to be. The reality of life today is means that you can’t always be there and you have to take that idea of that working space with you.

I leave you with my humble desk, which might I add, is like posting a photo of yourself in your skivvies:

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