“Having a space at home in which you can feel free to create, doodle, or think, can make a difference in injecting inspiration into one’s life,” says Singaporean artist, Wyn-Lyn Tan. Indeed, for those seeking a way to express their creativity, making space for a home art studio is a great way to nurture that artistic side.
“It doesn’t have to be a big space, just a dedicated area that’s accessible to you, and where you can feel free to make some artistic ‘clutter’. I like a calm, private space where I can feel completely free to be myself, to let my thoughts and momentum flow, and where I won’t feel conscious about making ‘mistakes’,” shares Tan.
Allow yourself to relax and let loose creatively, without concerning yourself with how your compositions may be perceived by anyone else. Surround yourself with inspiring images by turning walls into large mood boards with magazine pages, photos, and other visual images that strike you.
Whether you’re looking to hone your skills as a serious artist or simply want to embrace art as a way to unwind, these tips on creating your own space for art will make a fine addition to your home.
Get settled in
A comfortable and versatile chair can reduce fatigue and help you focus on your creative work. The stylish Zanotta Eva 2270 chair (available from Proof Living), designed by Ora Ïto, can swivel and/or recline. The seat height is adjustable and the seat back can be configured in five different tilting positions or made to constantly rock. Perfect for contemplating your next project.
Let creativity surface
Channel Leonardo da Vinci’s flair with Zanotta’s Leonardo table (available from Proof Living). Designed by Achille Castiglioni (1940), this work-table has a naturally varnished, steam-treated beech trestle that supports either a 25-mm plastic-laminated particleboard top or a 12-mm tempered plate glass top. Its height is adjustable to five positions to suit your working style.
Keep it fresh
To clear your studio of odours and harmful chemicals from paints and other materials, choose casement windows over sliding or top-hung windows for maximum ventilation. Fascina’s PVC-u casement windows have multi-chambered sections, fusion-welded joints and compression gaskets to lock out heat and keep in cool air. Meanwhile, its noise insulation properties allow you to blast music through those late-night creative sessions without annoying your neighbours.
Stow your prized sable-hair brushes or diamond glass-cutters neatly away in a well-planned storage system. Blum’s Servo-Drive for Aventos storage cabinets helps organise your studio efficiently with no unsightly paint, clay or glue smudges. The new Servo-Drive mechanism allows drawers to open smoothly with a gentle tap on the cabinet door. The automatic soft-closing feature also means everything can be put away silently and effortlessly with a wireless switch hidden inside the cabinet.
When in need of additional lighting to study your artwork in detail or work through a sleepless night, the Gras Lamp No 214 (available from XTRA) is going to be your best friend in the studio. Long favoured by architects and artists, this wall-mounted lamp, designed in 1921 by Bernard-Albin Gras, is simple in design and versatile in function.
Gras Lamp No 214
Zanotta Leonardo table
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 5 Encore
Channel aural inspiration
Whether it’s heavy metal or smooth jazz that you need to rev up your creativity, the BeoSound 5 Encore from Bang & Olufsen can help set the mood for your creative session. Each time you select and play a song, the system’s MOTS algorithm automatically scans your library and finds similar tracks based on such parameters as rhythm, syncopation, key tonality and vocal harmonies, and stores them in an intelligent playlist for playback. No more interruptions to what you’re doing to change playlists, especially when your hands are covered in paint.
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This story is adapted from "Home Sweet Atelier", published in Singapore Tatler Homes Apr-May 2012 issue.