Sunday, 26 April 2009

Cult Creatives in the House

Us bloggers are always being asked to share our workspace and show others where we do our creative milling. Last year The Stiletto Effect ran a special feature where she interviewed several bloggers and discussed their private spaces. More recently, Daddy Likey showed off her blog spot and created her own tag by inviting fellow blog mates to do the same. Face it we are all obsessed with other people's private and work space and there may be a housing plummet but our appetite has certainly not waned.

Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators by Francesca Gavin gives us a look into the homes of 30 cult creatives based in hip cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. Gavin takes us into studios, apartments and houses of the likes of writers, photographers and stylists and gives us an insight into their minds and how their interiors shape their thinking and creative process. We are all influenced by our surroundings so it is really fascinating to see how a designer such as Hardy Blechman who founded niche label, Maharishi, or Grace Cobb, fashion stylist and creative director for Wonderland magazine create their home.

For those of you who check out The Selby on a regular basis, well if Todd Selby was to produce a book this is what it would be like. Creative Space takes on a different slant from interior magazines that are out there. Instead of featuring perfect show houses that do not look lived in this book focuses on spaces that are spontaneously filled with collectibles that mean a lot to the owner. Francesca Gavin is a writer and editor who works at cool mags such as Dazed and Confused and Elle. Like her I also suffer from an aversion of minimalism so I am delighted to see a book full of vibrant, arty homes with lots of life and colour.

Creative Space: Urban Homes of Artists and Innovators is out in bookshops in May.

4 cool comments:

Kwana said...

Great post. I love peeking a other's spaces. I'm so nosy.

-J said...

Yes, indeed, peeking at other's spaces is fun. But Ondo Lady, do we get a peek at your creative area? ;)

The Haute-Shopper said...

Thanks for posting this - I'll definitely check out the book when it comes out. I too am guilty of wanting to get a look at people's living environments ;-) By the way, when I attended Colette's The Selby exhibit, they were selling a book that included most of (if not everything) you can see on his website. Not sure if it was a one-off for the exhibit or if it will be made more widely available.

Ondo Lady said...

Kwana: Join the club, I am obsessed with other people's homes.

J: You might get a peek at my crearive area if you are lucky:

The Haute Shopper: The Selby exhibition sounds amazing. I will check out the book.