WORK / Loft Spaces, A Love Story


I can't decide if I should blame writer Caity Weaver or Dwayne Johnson, actor/gym enthusiast/future Presidential candidate (?), himself. I mean, it's Caity's fault for bringing Johnson's super secret, super huge personal gym to our attention in her GQ profile of him this week. But it's Johnson's fault for having it, in the first place.

Nonetheless, I can't stop thinking about having a space that's in a "warehouse district" that "follows the curves of the earth... to infinity" and is one in which lots of noise can be made.

"I can play music really loudly," Johnson tells Weaver, "and it's not in an office area where people will complain."

In my past year here in New York, I forgot how fun and good-for-the-soul it is to be truly, purposefully NOISY!, sometimes. To sing out loud, to practice shouting in random accents (why not?), if not in your home (people have neighbors in Atlanta, too, where I moved from) but at least in your car. A therapist that I interviewed once told me that her favorite way to manage stress was to yell at the top of her lungs, in her car, while in traffic. I am too self-conscious for this, myself. I know some people utilize the subway here for these purposes (and more!), but again... not for me. I like to keep my noise private, like a good Southern gentleman.

Anyway. A huge place in which to meditate, get work done, piddle around, get lost in your thoughts and then wander upon something new... that's exactly the kinds of things I am SURE happens in gorgeous live/work loft spaces like the kind I pinned this week.

No one will notice (or need to care, really), but I'm oddly specific about the dream warehouse space that would be ideal for me, thanks in part to having had the opportunity to live in a couple of fun lofts (in Atlanta). Here's my wish list:

1. It has to be big enough for other people. I'm not going to do all of the amazing work that's going to happen there by myself!

2. It has to have clever ways to maintain some privacy. (Living in a loft with a best friend taught me that you always want doors to slam. A slammed door is the perfect punctuation mark to an argument. You want open-ness in your loft space, but you do not want to give up your freedom of speech for it.)

3. It has to be light and bright, but not too stark. (You think pristine white surroundings are pretty in magazines, until you wake up at 6AM on a Saturday, because you live inside a lightbox.)

4. What about STADIUM SEATING for meetings and public events, where I announce all of the amazing developments that are happening inside of this work space:

5. Also, so you're able to keep up with what's going on in the world (both the real one and the one depicted on Scandal, though the distinction between those worlds becomes more blurred everyday), what about this solution for a media room:

I look forward to being able to stretch out in a place that's big enough to contain, support and enhance my big ideas! And we don't even NEED to sort of seriously consider Dwayne Johnon as a future Presidential candidate to know that ANYTHING GOES these days.

Dream big! (While we still can.)

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