The Goldilocks Effect

By disposing of my old oak plan chest (represented by the cardboard rectangle, bottom right) and going for a new slimline version (white card) I should end up with the studio that I'm after.

THE FAR END of the studio was too dim . . . this end is too bright . . . but I reckon the other wall at this end will be just right.

After all my efforts moving the furniture yesterday, I soon realise this morning that my desk is now in the wrong place because the winter sun is streaming across my computer screen. Yes, I can pull down the blind but what a shame to shut out the view of the garden and Coxley Valley beyond; I’d be much better facing the other wall where I’d only catch the early morning sun. I’m rarely at my desk at six in the morning.

But I don’t want to swap the bookshelves and the desk around as sunlight would soon fade the dust-jackets. No, I could really do with a slimmed down plan chest behind me as I sit at my desk.

I’ve got wonderful 3D programs like Sketchup on my computer but when it comes to re-planning my studio I feel the need to make a simple cardboard plan (above), abandoning metric for the more familiar (to me) option of one inch equals one foot. Ikea have recently introduced ‘Alex’, a six-drawer unit that fits A2 sized paper. Discussing it with Simon the joiner, we decide that putting three of those on a six-inch plinth, with a worktop running along above, will give me the storage that I need for artwork and paper, plus a working space for folding and guillotining the booklets that I still produce in-house.

Tilly proved a restless model when I called at the bookshop this afternoon. Tilly is usually a restless model and she also has a habit of disappearing altogether into her 'den' beneath the desk.


2 replies on “The Goldilocks Effect”

  1. Hi Richard!

    Would it be possible to make a temporary shade for your computer screen (say from cardboard?) a bit like the ones on traffic lights to prevent the sun washout? You could then remove it if it wasn’t sunny, and when the sun moves round.

    1. Hi Richard,
      That would have been a cost effective solution but a trip to Ikea tempted me into a complete revamp of the studio; out go my old desks and I’m going for one of those curvy ones in sections that fits into the (shadiest) corner. I removed the fitted desk by the window yesterday and I’m enjoying the novelty of airiness and space at that end of the studio this morning but hopefully by this afternoon I’ll have my Ikea Galant desk in birch veneer in place.

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