A Cycle of Uncluttering

A Cycle of Uncluttering

Gregory Han
Oct 17, 2011

Name: Boo Fa
Location: New Zealand
Room: Home office+studio

Do you find inspiration in a visually cluttered or uncluttered workspace? Boo Fa's home studio looks like the epitome of a minimalist's work space. But in reality, as an admitted hoarder, he goes through the same cycle of clean-clutter-clean most everyone else does (though some of us get stuck in the middle), finding inspiration when surrounded by an assortment of visual elements. Check out Boo Fa's home studio in its most pristine state as inspiration for getting back started on the clean cycle...

Unplggd Tour Survey:

My style: I aim to keep my space as uncluttered as possible and for it to be an inspiring place to work in. But I am also a visual person and work well when I can see what I have to do next, using project briefs and reference materials on my desk. The usual cycle is for a really big clean every 2 - 3 weeks when new projects are starting at which point I go gung ho and clean through every single pile of paper etc. so that the space is cleansed and ready for some new design energy to come in.

The inspiration for my home office/home theater: I aim to keep my space as uncluttered as possible and for it to be an inspiring place to work in but I am also a visual person and work well when I can see what I have to do next because I have a brief and some reference printed out and laying on my desk. The usual cycle is for a really big clean every 2 - 3 weeks when new projects are starting at which point I go gung ho and clean through every single pile of paper etc. so that the space is cleansed and ready for some new design energy to come in.

Favorite element in your space: The view. My recycled door desk top.

Biggest challenge in designing my space: My biggest challenge without a doubt is keeping my space clean. I really do have to consciously make a big effort to minimize the amount of clutter I accumulate. I am a hoarder by nature.

What friends say about my space: A lot of my friends are music geeks, they normally ask me what kind of stereo image I get from my monitors. They generally like the sitting position and the view alway blows people away.

Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: If I owned my house I would like to get rid of the cupboards and open the space out a bit more and have some exposed storage for my server and library.

Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project: In the studio, making the trestle legs.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: I love my Mackie monitors, they are a bit extravagant for a work station but I have an excuse that I am often mixing soundtracks for film or working on some music project...sometimes.

Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: For me my tech has to be in balance with my environment, I don't want ugly grey PCs and scanners, printers etc making my space feel like a 90s office. Functional, good design. Expose what works hide what doesn't need to be seen.

Dream source for stuff: I would love to time travel back to the 60s and go to a bunch of design stores in Scandinavia.

Resources

Home Tech Hardware:
Apple iMac 27"
Apple wireless mouse and keyboard
MacBook Pro 15"
2 x Firewire Raid systems
2 x Seagate 1TB USB
Canon 7D
Canon AE-1
Canonet QL17
Mamiya 645
Wacom Intuitos 3
Mackie Onyx 1220i mixing desk
Mackie MR8 monitors
Akai MPK 49
Traktor Scratch Duo 2

Furniture:
Desk top from recycling centre
2 studio desk from salvation army
Trestles made from sustainable timber
Desk chair from salvation army
Lounge chair from Nood design store
Book shelf from stationary warehouse

Lighting:
Lamp from Salvation Army

Organizing Tools/Accessories: Handmade MDF box for Post-It notes.

Photos by Boo Fa

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