It's easy to notice the charm, wit, and sly playfulness behind the work of Andrew Neyer -- so it's no surprise that his signature aesthetic should also make an appearance in his Cincinnati-based home office. Take a tour of the designer, art director, and illustrator's bright, inspired space, a combination of clean lines, pops of color, attitude, and, quite fittingly, seating by Charles and Ray Eames.
Tell us about your background.
As a kid I grew up drawing logos, cartoons, and Nintendo game characters with my older brother, Brad. I was always more attracted to simple graphics. Along with drawing I was always taking something apart and trying to rebuild it or re-purpose scrap components for something else. Every day I was making some type of Rube Goldberg machine or drawing in my sketch pad (an 18″ x 24″ spiral bound).
I got my BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. I moved back to Cincinnati after graduating and got married to my wife Jennifer. We considered moving somewhere else, but made the choice to stay and invest in the city and continue to grow the amazing friendships we had here.
What year was your studio established?
I started doing freelance work during college, but I would say I really began right after I graduated in 2008. While doing freelance I also worked for about three years as a Display Artist for Urban Outfitters. It was a good job out of school for me and I got to travel to help with displays for new store openings around the country. While working there, I was able to really figure out the type of freelance work I wanted to be doing and never had to take a job I didn't want just for money. Once the timing was right, I made the switch to full-time freelance in October of 2011. Now I am able to balance my time between my freelance and personal work a lot better.
What are you passionate about, what inspires you, and where are you going?
I like art, but I love my family and friends.
Most of my inspiration comes from word puns, strange human interactions, and the overlap between Art and Design. Some of my favorite artists include Henri Matisse, Charley Harper, Saul Steinberg, M.C. Escher, Paul Rand, René Magritte, and Josef Albers.
I have always wanted to build our own house. I love the concept of the Eames House, Case Study House #8, and the environment it created for their work.
Tell us about your space.
Any special considerations that influenced its set up? The studio is the top floor of our house. I used to have my studio downtown, but after we moved we compressed our residence onto just the first floor to allow for a studio to be combined. The setup is great because I have all my workspaces on one floor.
There is a main studio where I make most of my work, a workshop with all my tools and materials, a music room, a kitchen, and a bathroom. The space is very efficient. I can walk downstairs at any time to see my family, eat a snack, hang out, and head back upstairs to work. The idea of the home studio is extremely appealing and I would love to have it also function as a guest house for friends and other artists.
You have a few pieces by Charles and Ray Eames in your office. Why did you choose them?
They are just as nice to look at as they are to sit in. Every line is so simple and beautiful. They are easily the best chairs we own.
(Images: Andrew Neyer)
Republished in partnership with Herman Miller Lifework. Originally posted by Amy Feezor.