Work Unit

I love studio. What’s the first thing you do in studio? Claim your space, bring in your stuff and set it up. You do this to get ready for the creative mayhem ahead. In graduate school, I developed a ritual of studio setup that included designing and building something for my space.  I continued this when I began teaching at the University of Houston, by designing and building a pin up board in my first office.

However at my home studio, I had yet to do this. I worked in different places, but had no real place to work. I had not designed or built anything that defined my studio. I would work anywhere and everywhere, sitting on the floor or sofa with my laptop, drawing on my dining table, spreading models and drawings wherever I found space. This kind of freedom works for some however, I found it too chaotic and difficult to control.

I designed Work Unit to consolidate my work needs which consist of drawing and modeling, more digital but also physical.  I wanted a clear space to work and because my home is small having having an efficient space and fewer objects was key to maximizing space. Consequently, I designed my studio with Work Unit being a singular object versus assembling different components to accomodate my needs. In order to work efficiently, I would need a desk, light, storage and a place to pin up. These were the main issues.

Sometimes you need to pin up your work.
While I can do drawings on my computer and desk, I sometimes need to pin it up to get a different perspective. I sought to maximize use of vertical space, so all vertical surfaces are used to pin up. Here, I used gray felt over homasote. Additionally, marker board on the interior of the cabinet door allows for more and different ways to draw, write or view things. It helps to look at  a drawing from a different perspective than when it's drawn as well as posting images and objects that have caught my attention. In order to see everything, a light is is directly above the desk.

Wires are distracting.
I didn't want to see any wires. Mounted on the pin up wall is my computer moniter. A cavity in the back pin up wall allows me to hide wiring from the light and cables from the moniter. Additionally, in order to hide the speaker wires or some peripheral device in the future, there is a notched space between the desk and pin up board.

Computers generate heat.
In order to facilitate cooling, I designed an "air chimney" into the cabinet to provide a way for air to enter and exit the cabinet. At the top of the cabinet is an exhaust fan. Shelves across the cabinet do not extend to the very back, allowing for air to travel up. The front of the cabinet is not all flush, an opening allows for air to flow directly into the computer. This opening also serves as a handle to open the cabinet.

Computer, printer, scanner, speaker, supplies.
A cabinet for them all.

Work Unit,
it's my studio.
Front view
Front view.
3/4 end view, open and closed, interior marker board
3/4 end view, open and closed, interior marker board.
Cabinet drawers detail
Cabinet drawers detail.
3/4 end view, close up
3/4 end view, close up.
Light Cabinet Pin-up detail, Wire notch detail
Light Cabinet Pin-up detail, Wire notch detail.
End view
End view.
Light cover detail
Light cover detail.
Metal light cover detail
Metal light cover detail.
Light detail
Light detail.
Bottom view
Bottom view.