The Artist and The Studio

There’s a wonderful relationship between the artist and her studio. To the budding and the accomplished artist alike, the studio is an almost sacred place. A great deal of time and effort is put into creating the perfect environment in which to create masterpieces, or in business terms, work most effectively.

I think we can take an important lesson from this. I believe most companies could benefit from focusing more energy on the spaces in which they ask their people to work. I know that in my own office, I rarely get any work done when other people are in the office. If I really need to do something, I either come in earlier than everyone else or go to a client’s site. I also know when I’m at a client’s office, I achieve far more than when I’m surrounded by the distractions of my own open plan office.

To the artist it is obvious, without the perfect environment she cannot achieve perfection in her work. Why, then, do so many people in business think differently? Why do business people settle for acceptable working environments instead of pursuing perfection with the passion of an artist?

3 thoughts on “The Artist and The Studio”

  1. Hallo Callum,

    Happy for you to come work at our office. Next time you come, we promise to be as quiet as possible… 🙂

    Cheers,
    May

  2. “A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.” Extract quote from Bruce Mau Design, Inc.

  3. If Pablo Picasso had msn messenger, skype, myspace.com and couchsurfing.com built into his painting pallet then I’m sure he would have felt the way your feeling now about being productive.

    A few very simple Solutions to help boost productivity;
    1. Turn off MSN messenger.
    2. Turn Off Skype.
    3. Stay away from myspace.com and couchsurfing.com

    Oh yeah, duct tape the mouths of the Thai staff who are dependent on your feedback.

    Cheers,
    Jeremy 🙂
    (The one who sits across from you in this wonderful office/studio

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