Independent graphic designer and her user-experience/user-interface designer partner, , both work from home, so their space is under constant scrutiny. The one-room loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was a knitting factory in a past life before being converted to apartments in the 1990s, and it provides them with great light and open space. At times, Kelli feels like the open space could turn back into a factory, given all her tools and the wide range of materials she works with on a regular basis. However, by filling the space with meaningful objects related to their interests, and by defining different zones for living and working, Kelli and Daniel make the space feel legitimately domestic. Thanks so much, Kelli! —
Image above: The imagery used in the vinyl mural behind the bed was adapted from a scan of a rare book engraving. I wanted something dramatic and abstract for this wall. Daniel wanted something peaceful and representational, so oversized lines were a good compromise. The blanket is a traditional Maasai pattern that we acquired while vacationing in Kenya.
Image above: My crumbling antique flat file arrived with an extra piece of handsome wood that I waxed and turned into this table (thanks for the legs, Ikea!) The painting on the wall is my own from grad school — an abstraction of a discarded McDonald’s hamburger wrapper.
Kelli and Daniel’s studio continues after the jump!
Image above: The shelf is filled with visual-memory aids of notable times past, along with a few burgeoning collections of things. The travel baubles, art, books and music are meaningful to one or both of us. From top, clockwise: print, Kelli’s photography from Iceland, a surreal photograph by , Holland, 1945 7” by Neutral Milk Hotel, Into the Groove(y) 7” by Ciccone Youth, globes, a sculpted bird from Cape Town, a One Hundred Trillion Dollar Bill (!) from Zimbabwe, and an out-of-print catalogue of Ad Reinhardt’s art cartoons.
Image above: Daniel’s desk is an object of wonder that he created using old books (and a clever optical illusion). He records his bi-weekly music podcast, , here using one of his prized possessions: a large-diaphragm cardioid condenser mic.
Image above: I hoard far too many books due to a fear of forgetting. However, I’ve learned that another good way to forget books is by putting too many of them together on a shelf, so I occasionally set one or two out. This is H.A. Rey’s The Stars: A New Way to See Them, wherein the Curious George author reinvented star charts.
Image above: This sofa is called Raleigh from Design within Reach. We occasionally buy things new, usually begrudgingly and after much deliberation. These new things balance out the homeless flotsam that we (okay, I) drag in from the street.
Image above: I do most of my letterpress printing in this home studio on a Pearl Jobber press from 1919 that Daniel and I motorized. In the apartment, we built out a small sound-proofed studio space in the corner with homasote walls and shredded blue-jean sound baffling material (lest Daniel’s co-workers think he’s conferencing-in from a 19th-century sweatshop).