10 Inspirational Artist Workspaces

Roundup

As I reclaim the second bedroom in my home as an office and studio, I've been looking for serious inspiration. I want to ensure it's organized from the start, instead of trying to reverse engineer it once I realize what a mess I have on my hands. With collections of computer peripherals, yarn, old cameras and crafting tools, do I strive for amazingly clean minimalism? Or do I go for quirky, yet fun functionality? Either way, it needs to adhere to my (and Re-Nest's) green living mantra: have only what you love or need!

I began by looking at the workspaces of some of my friends and favorite artists, as well as folks who have added fun, individualism or some serious organization to their home offices. Many of them have limited space to create their masterpieces, but definitely make the most of what they have! If you want to share your own workspace, please post a link below in the comments.

Top Row:
1. Mathias Høst Normark (via WHEREWEDOWHATWEDO) The ultimate in minimalism. Check out the cool, custom wall graphics.
2. Milton Glaser (via fromyourdesks.com) A peek into the graphic designer extraordinaire's work space.
3. Camila Engman (via ShareSomeCandy) Camila is an etsy and flickr favorite for many of us. Here is a look at the nook under her stairs.
4. Adrian Tomine (via fromyourdesks.com) Graphic novelist, Adrian Tomine's monochromatic desk. Nearly as graphic as his work itself.
5. Poketo (via fromyourdesks.com) Poketo doesn't disappoint with this fun and playful, yet organized workspace.

Bottom Row:
6. Love and a Sandwich (WHEREWEDOWHATWEDO) Taming all that fun fur can't be easy. Only a few bits have escaped their bins!
7. Frank Chimero (via WeAreFisk.com) The graphic pieces against the brick wall give some nice punches of color.
8. Apak (via ShareSomeCandy) A lot is packed into this workspace, but it's still cozy, organized and full functional. Not as easy to dust at in #1, but a lot of magic has to happen in this room.
9. Christopher Bettig (via ShareSomeCandy) Chris has two desks, and this is the "craftier" of the two. Click on the link to see it's ultra-minimal sibling.
10. Martin Hsu (via Martin Hsu's Flickr stream) Martin is an amazing illustrator who has turned half the "livingroom" of his Silverlake studio apartment into his workspace and was kind enough to let me share it with you.

(Images: As linked above)