To once again reference Ben Brooks’s article Fatal Design Flaw of Workspaces, he described his ideal workspace towards the end of the article:
“I often dream of my ideal workspace:
* 10,000 square foot space of nothing.
* Four foot by ten foot desk in the center, made of wood.
* Herman Miller Embody chair.
* Concrete floors.
* No windows.
* Thirty foot ceiling.
* Spot light illuminating only my desk.
* Just the laptop on the desk.
* No cables in sight.”
As I read this description, I couldn’t help but think about how different my own ideal workspace would be from this one. Where he dreams of a large expanse of nothing, dark except for well-lit area around his immaculate desk, I idealize a small cabin like the glass lodge linked at the top of this post: a bright, cozy space, isolated somewhere away from civilization where I can be alone to work. I suppose in that regard, at least, we can agree.