Workspace of the Week: Stark and serene

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Filemakerdude’s minimalist office:

Not everyone loves minimalist workspaces, but I have found that austere decor can be quite inspiring and helpful when thinking about my office space. I love how deliberate the decision was for all of the artwork in the space, nothing was put up without great consideration. (Am I as deliberate with what I hang on my walls?) The furniture all has high function. (Is my office furniture meeting my needs?) The cable containment is exquisite. (Would reducing the cable clutter help me to better focus on my work?) The lighting helps to warm the room in a space that might otherwise feel cold. (Does the lighting improve the comfort level in my room?) The clutter-free desk provides Filemakerdude with the ability to quickly transform the computer station into a multipurpose work table. (If I got rid of some of the things on my desk — the pen cup, the inbox — would I get better functionality out of it?) Thank you, Filemakerdude, for your impressive submission to our Flickr group.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture 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.

9 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Stark and serene”

  1. posted by Dusty @ Wine Logic on

    I’m personally not a fan of this approach. But I do work in a sun room off of a coffee table while I sit on a love seat. To each their own!

  2. posted by Alison on

    I don’t see any cable containment (I guess that’s what makes it exquisite!). What method is being used?

  3. posted by Sanity Fair on

    I’m a fan of minimal surfaces – I hate things on my desk!

  4. posted by Auntpeso on

    I’m curious — what are the 9, 10, 11 and 12 framed pieces?

  5. posted by Denise on

    Auntpeso, in the larger version of that photo, it looks like those are professional developer certificates for Filemaker 9, 10, 11, and 12. (You can probably guess which framed item corresponds to which version.)

  6. posted by Brian on

    I’m not a fan of this. It looks like there is no power going to the laptop. I need that. Also there is nothing within arms reach without turning your body all the way around. Nothing on the desk is fine if all the needed supplies are in drawers I would think, but the desk has none of those. Does this person never have to put pen to paper for anything. I would love to not have a phone in my office though! It would be great to not be bothered by people when I’m trying to get things done. I do like the minimal decorations. In general though, this looks like a beautiful, but completely UNfunctional office.

  7. posted by Tim Dietrich on

    Hi everyone – “FileMakerDude” here. Thanks so much for choosing my office as “Workspace of the Week!” Very cool! And thanks for the comments as well…

    I thought I’d respond to some of the comments and questions that have been posted.

    I’m a freelance database professional, so nearly everything that I need to “do what I do” is right there on that desk. My MacBook Air, an iPad, an iPhone, a dozen or so applications, and a decent internet connection are all that I need to function. The beauty in this is that I can pick up and go pretty quickly, and work from just about anywhere. Being able to work anywhere, anytime is one of the many things that I love about what I do.

    Sanity Fair wrote, “I’m a fan of minimal surfaces – I hate things on my desk!” Same here! I try really hard to keep my desk free of clutter and distractions. One exception – a big cup of coffee!

    I have one, and only one, pen – and it’s tucked into the backpack that I use to carry around my gear. I pull it out when I need it, and put it right back in the bag when I’m done. I’ve found that by not having a pen on my desk, I’m less likely to have paper on on my desk. I’m a huge fan of Evernote, and I take and keep all of my project notes in Evernote notebooks.

    When paper does make it’s way into my office, it gets scanned, shredded, and/or recycled. That’s a multi-function printer/scanner/copier in my office, and I’m happy to report that mostly use it to scan things. I do very little printing. (I don’t like when people give me printed reports, and do everything I can to not have to give my clients printed things as well.)

    I do have a few books that I need to reference from time to time, and most of them are on my iPad. I love the Kindle app for the iPad and iPhone. The few physical books that I do still own are just not available digitally (yet). They’re tucked away in the cabinets behind my desk, along with an odd assortment of cables and a few supplies.

    A couple of people asked about cable containment and the lack of power adapters. I get amazing battery life on my Air and iPad, as well as my iPhone (thanks to a Mophie “Juice Pack.”) When I do need power, I pull out the adapters, which are plugged into a UPS under the cabinets. When I’m done with them, I roll them up and stick them back under the cabinets. Thanks to WiFi, I don’t have an ethernet cable. And my iPhone is my one and only phone – so there’s no phone lines or phone in my office. (One of my favorite new features of iOS6 is the “Do Not Disturb” function, for obvious reasons.)

    And finally, someone asked about the certificates on the shelves. Denise was correct – I am a FileMaker 9, 10, and 11 Certified Developer (FileMaker is the database platform that I specialize in), and those are the certificates that I’ve received over the years. If you look carefully, you’ll see that the certificate for FileMaker 9 looks a little different from the others, which drive’s me crazy. (I guess maybe I’m a little OCD!)

    Anyway, that’s the scoop. I’m a minimalist at heart, and it’s been a goal of mine to have my office reflect that. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  8. posted by klutzgrrl on

    I like this a lot. Very modern – love the glass table – but the timber file chests give it warmth. I like that they are off the ground, too – somehow that opens up the space. I have a filing cabinet which sits on the ground, and it looks squat and heavy. And of course is almost impossible to clean underneath, without removing *all* the contents.

    Unfortunately not quite a realistic environment for me, either, but something to aspire to. I think something like this could work as a ‘zone’ – one part of my studio for the creative/active side, and one for the contemplative side. If I had my own studio….

  9. posted by Brian on

    Tim, After reading what you do, I have to take back a lot of what I wrote. If you only need a computer, then it’s nice to only have a computer on the desk!

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