Home Office of an Optimistic Modernist

Home Office of an Optimistic Modernist

Gregory Han
Jun 14, 2013

Designer, illustrator, and optimistic modernist: all good ways to describe San Francisco-based creative Brent Couchman. Before coming to the Bay, Brent worked for Fossil in Texas doing branding, packaging, and illustration. 

Since arriving out west he’s worked for Hatch Design, gone solo with clients like Google, Facebook, and Herman Miller, and been named amongst the Young Guns 9 by the Art Directors Club. This week, Brent gets the lead out with his own work Playlist

What do you listen to while you work? I like to switch it up depending on what’s going on in my day. If I’m in regular work mode without any crazy deadlines, I mostly keep it in the indie rock/pop genre with a slight lean towards beachy/summer vibes. If things are getting busy and I need to crank for some tight deadlines, then I’ll put on some hardcore or metal to get me going.

How do you listen? I use Bose desktop speakers for my home office. When I’m on the road I use Bose noise-cancelling headphones, which are great for planes, hotels, coffee shops, etc.

Do you have any favorite music websites/providers? I use iTunes mostly.

Does music influence your work? Music is definitely a huge influence on my life, but I’m not sure it shows in my work visually. I got an advanced copy of “Phantom Pop” from my buddy’s band Wild Party and listened to it through most of my work on “A Better World Report” for Herman Miller (below). There might be a correlation there somewhere.

Where do you find music recommendations? Who influences your musical taste? I mostly get recommendations from friends, or a few blogs like PitchforkGorilla vs Bear, and I Guess I’m Floating. I also like YouTube for rediscovering old favorites.

If your work was a song or a musician, what or who would it be? Weezer during the “Blue Album” era. Perfect blend of catchy hooks and powerful guitars.

Ideal place to sit and listen to your playlist is in the Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair Outdoor (white base/frame and cool white Outdoor Weave fabric) on a deck overlooking the beach. It’s all about leaving the work world behind and getting some nice relaxation time in the sun.

Brent’s Playlist:
1. Surf Wax America, Weezer
2. Night Swim, Frankie Rose
3. Suki and Me, Alex Calder
4. Killin The Vibe, Ducktails
5. À tout à l’heure, Bibio
6. Top Bunk, Gauntlet Hair
7. I’m Not Ready, Surfer Blood
8. Atiba Song, Panda Bear
9. The Town, Little Racer
10. Teeth Grinder, Mike Krol

(Images: Brent Couchman)

Republished in partnership with Herman Miller Lifework. Originally posted by Jamie Latendresse.
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