Designer Matthew Weatherly's Relaxed Mindset

Designer Matthew Weatherly's Relaxed Mindset

Gregory Han
Jun 29, 2011

Danish modern style influences his aesthetic, nature acts as his inspiration—and everything from rap to classical to song selections from film scores fill his studio. Get a quick earful of the sounds from the work mix of industrial designer and woodworker Matthew Weatherly in this week's Playlist.

What do you listen to while you work? I listen to a wide range of musical styles, everything from classical to lounge music. Some days I'm the mood for 90's rap, and other days, it's jazz.

How do you listen? When I'm ideating at the office, I listen to iTunes through my computer. When I'm in the shop, I plug my iPhone into a stereo docking station.

Does music influence your work? Even though the music is always resonating through my studio space, I wouldn't say that my work is directly influenced by music. But perhaps my work is influenced by my relaxed mindset, which is a result of music.

Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? I have some close friends who have supplied me with musical influences through the years.  Surprisingly, I find a lot of my music from TV shows and movie soundtracks.  This is why I keep Shazam within a few clicks on my phone; I never know when I'm going to hear something that intrigues me.

What song or artist best represents the work you create? Since I draw most of my inspiration from nature, I could see my work being a song by Lisa Gerrard.

Originally published at Lifework by Amy Feezor

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