Paul's Loft-Like Ambitions

Tech Tour

Name: Paul Bamford
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Size: Unloved upstairs lounge. 4x5 metres
Years lived in: We've been in this home for almost 4 years, but I've only used this space as my office for the past 6 months.

Aussie photographer and graphic designer, Paul Bamford, took advantage of a spare upstairs lounge area and converted it into an expansive home office and studio with an open air layout not unlike a loft. The nearly all-white modern home office is decorated sparingly, notably tapping into affordable choices from IKEA, with care put into hiding all visible wires and cables. Yet despite the overall minimalist style, tell-tale signs of Paul's musical and professional interests embellish the office as decorative collections when not in use...


AT Survey:

My/our style: My style is minimalist, clean and simple. I also love vintage stuff, so I display my old camera collection.

The inspiration for my home office/home theater: I wanted a open, light, comfortable and professional space. I had been in a spare bedroom for the past 2.5 years but when we needed the space for guests it was a bit awkward. So I decided to claim a rarely used upstairs lounge since we mainly live in the downstairs family room.

Favorite element in your space: Great big 2 meter long desk. As well as having enough space for 2 monitors it also has heaps of space for papers, photos or whatever else I'm currently doing. Also that couch is super comfy, and who wouldn't want a couch in their office?

Biggest challenge in designing my space: This space is sort of like a loft with it being open to the downstairs (you can see down over the hand railing). I used to have my music on all day when I worked, but now if there are clients in the gallery space downstairs I need to wear headphones. - Haha, not really a big challenge I know!


What friends say about my space: They really like it. Other people often come and sit on the couch and talk or play the guitar while I'm working. It's a great place to see clients too.

Area where there is room for improvement/future projects: I'd like some great artwork on the walls, and better lamps. The IKEA lamps are fine but it might be time to step it up.

Proudest DIY (do it yourself) project: I really like the desk and cable management. The desk is a door from the hardware store we painted ($40) and the legs are $5 each at IKEA. To keep the cables hidden there is a piece of aluminum U channel running along the back of the desk. The cables sit in that and never hang down. Also the couch is really old, I'm 21 and my parents had it before I was born. It was re-covered a few years ago and I've now claimed it.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: I bought an EyeTV for my iMac, so I now watch TV on the second monitor while working. Also everything on the desk in wireless, I used to use a Wacom Intuos 3, but recently upgraded to a Wireless Intuos 4.

Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: Hide the wires!!! Wires are horrible things. And put your papers in drawers or boxes, your desk doesn't need to be covered in paper work.

Dream source for stuff: IKEA is a great source for cheap simple furniture, but I'd like some nice expensive lamps and a Herman-Miller chair.

Resources

Home Tech Hardware:

  • Apple iMac 27"
  • Dell 24" Second Monitor
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse
  • Wacom Intuos4 Wireless
  • Drobo Storage System
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13"
  • Apple iPad 2
  • Logitech 2.1 Speakers (surprisingly good sound, great little sub)
  • Elgato EyeTV

Furniture: Old re-covered couch. Section from another couch used as an arm chair, painted door desk, IKEA shelf unit, coffee table from an auction I think. (you can see I'm very high class)

Accessories: Vintage camera collection, some are dad's old cameras, and my granddad's old Bolex 8mm film camera, I also picked up one at the antique shop in NZ. I probably won't add anymore - don't want to be know as the crazy old camera guy.

Lighting: Lamps from IKEA.

Organizing Tools/Accessories: Aluminum U channel from the hardware store, and gaffer tape holding the wires up. IKEA boxes on the shelf hold gear and papers.

Additional Elements: I don't have super expensive brand furniture, hopefully I will one day, but for now this works really well for me.

Photos by Paul Bamford