There is something nice about taking a break from your own work to see how and where other creative people work. It's great voyeuristic fun to see how designers, artists, and makers of all kinds surround themselves with inspiration, tools, and certain comforts. More photographers are jumping in to document the kind of wonderful, crazy creative spaces of the kind that the Selby and Sight Unseen cover so well, and we recently came across a few with some good studio eye candy. With straightforward names like the Makers Project (by Jennifer Causey) and Where They Create (by Paul Barbera), both publish photographic stories of the unique worlds built by creators.
Jeweler Erin Considine
The Makers Project is smaller in scope, focused mainly on small entrepreneurs working in design, fashion, and food in Brooklyn. There's a nice post on fragrance designers Joya, documenting the process of making their own slipcast porcelain packaging for candles. Printmaker Lena Corwin, co-creator of the Lines & Shapes books, is shown making a print. Jeweler Erin Considine makes and dies some rope necklaces. The Mast Brothers make a few of their handcrafted chocolate bars. Overall, Makers Project is a nice view into the various creators inhabiting New York, and their effort in making a living doing so.
Ad Agency Kessels Kramer
Based in Australia, Barbera's Where They Create casts a wider net, photographing architects, choreographers, chefs, artists, etc wherever he travels for work. It's especially fun to see the bigger, collective workspaces that are not just home studios or individual spaces. Kessels Kramer ad agency in the Netherlands did a wild build-out from logs and various found objects, housed inside of what appears to be a church, stained glass and all. Melbourne graphic designers 3 Deep also have a great re-purposed space. The site has a ton of beautiful coverage, and Frame magazine recently published a book of the same name, including 32 studios with interviews and descriptions. So many wonderful takes on workspace from Sydney to Shaghai in one spot is great inspiration to get back to your own work. Or work on your space.