Workspace of the Week: Study in Contrasts

This week’s Workspace of the Week is a twofer. A study in contrasts, if you will. First is PlasmicSteve‘s memorabilia museum, which gives me the hives just looking at it.

Is that little desk functional? And all that stuff on the walls would drive me to distraction, literally. Say what I will, however, it’s organized! He’s taking care of the items he treasures (even if I think it’s one too many).

Now, withoutform‘s desk is more my speed.

Obviously taking a cue from Japanese simplicity, there’s nothing on the work surface to distract from the task at hand, and just a bit of soothing inspiration on the wall. Almost qualifies for Extreme Minimalism Mondays.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a pic to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

22 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Study in Contrasts”

  1. posted by les on

    Nice of you to make fun of a picture someone sent you. And that “little desk” looks just the right size for a laptop, unlike the desk in the other picture, which is too damn huge for that tiny Macbook.

  2. posted by Erin at Unclutterer on

    @les — Jerry wasn’t making fun of anyone in his post. In contrast, he’s applauding both people. He’s expressing that although the room is not in line with his personal style, it’s exactly the type of space that our website promotes: organized!

  3. posted by Jerry Brito on

    I guess you could say I was “making fun” of the second photo, too, when I wrote, “Almost qualifies for Extreme Minimalism Mondays.” Please get a sense of humor.

  4. posted by urban bohemian on

    That second workspace scares me a little bit. Even at my most uncluttered, my desk has *something* on it. That is some serious miniminiminimini-malism!

  5. posted by jane on

    I think the “memorabilia museum” is inspiring and looks like a great workspace. I like minimalism, too, but the space in the second photo is not at all appealing to me.

  6. posted by Alena on

    I love that first workspace! The memorabilia is displayed so nicely… it’s inspiring me to get some floating shelves for my own action figures. 🙂

  7. posted by Ashley on

    Sorry, Jerry, but I have a sense of humor and your dicussion of the first picture definitely came of as negative.

  8. posted by Anonymous on

    Are you all really debating about pictures of desks?

  9. posted by jchumanerecipe on

    I also thought the comments on the first picture were negative. I do love it though. I think the 2nd is boring, if uncluttered. The first is obviously well-loved and well-cared-for.

  10. posted by Gayle on

    Chiming into the “it sounded negative” crowd. It’s super hard to relay tone on the internet, and I don’t think your lightheartedness came off as you thought. I actually crinkled up my face and it turned me off for a minute.

  11. posted by Ashley on

    Thanks Gayle. You said it much better than I did.

  12. posted by Lizzy on

    Ditto on the negative feeling of the comment. I saw the photos of that desk on the flickr group and I really liked it–it’s a contained, orderly space which is obviously well-loved and cherished. I wish my office looked that nice!

  13. posted by Jack on

    I’d like the second one better if it looked well-cared for. A torn picture would drive me to more distraction then a lot of nicely framed pictures. I like the aesthetic of both, though.

  14. posted by Adam on

    Jack: When my Chinese professor removed the painting from his sketchbook, the paper tore. It was unfortunate but I still like the painting.

  15. posted by Helen on

    @ Adam – isn’t that part of the Japanese aesthetic – slight imperfection?

  16. posted by Steve Austin on

    Regarding the “make fun” comment, always remember that humor is a superb solution to many problems.

    I find both photos too cluttered.

  17. posted by Maryam in marrakech on

    I adore that first pic! What a space with personality! Now that would definitely inspire me to work:-)

  18. posted by Steve Spatucci on

    Hey – that’s my desk in the top picture! I didn’t take the comment harshly – I understand some people prefer almost nothing around them, but I find it a lot easier to work when surrounded by inspiring visuals. I’d be depressed trying to do creative work so much empty wall and desk space around me.

    That little desk is enough for what I use it for – writing out bills, short notes, or plopping a laptop onto. I keep a short stack of current documents in that tray on top of the desk, and older stuff is in a rolling file card the left or in a full file cabinet behind the desk. You can click on the image to see the other two views of the office.

    Maybe the type of work being done would give more context to the images – how about a contest where the work area is shown, and users have to guess type of work each person does in the space, eh?

  19. posted by Swistle on

    I love the first photo. I like to have lots of stuff, but I want it TIDY. That picture shows it’s possible to have lots of things and lots to look at–but not in dusty heaps.

  20. posted by Swistle on

    I’ve read the comments now, and I’ll vote for the other side: that I thought the remarks about the first picture were funny. It was Felix (Odd Couple) humor: a fastidious reaction, amusingly put.

  21. posted by caffienejunkie on

    I like both workspaces – It’s all about what you need to do in it. The first was a very attractive room, albeit not one I could get my work done in. I can’t handle having distraction, but everybody works differently. In response to the second desk being, “too damn huge for that tiny Macbook,” my desk is apx. 5’x2′ (much bigger than any affordable desks I could find in stores) and it is not really big enough for my studying/paper writing needs. Some of us can work with lots of pictures, and some of us need lots of clean, open space in order to focus.

    I also didn’t think that his comments on the first room came off as negative – his comments aren’t aimed at anyone personally and he did post it as a good example.

  22. posted by Lucie on

    Definitely prefer the first. I’d imagine the person was very successful, creative and outgoing, involved in showbiz. The second is just scary.

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