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September 3, 2015
In honor of the upcoming Labor Day weekend, we revisit a few of our favorite creative workspaces, each reminding us that work can—and should—include an element of play.
modern yrjo kukkapuro finland artek standing desk studio

Yrjö Kukkapuro, one of Finland’s design legends, has a joint studio and home outside Helsinki, because he and his wife wanted it to be “no problem for us to bring work home.”

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Originally appeared in Modern Studio of a Finnish Design Legend
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Crestwood Renovation studio with Artemide lights.

In the renovated, A. Quincy Jones–designed home of architect Bruce Norelius, one of the bedrooms is used as a studio, which includes lighting from Artemide clipped on a bicycle, hung above a custom desk. 

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Originally appeared in L.A. Renovation Respects Midcentury Bones (While Adding Some Flair)
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The studio space includes room for the full-time archivist to work. Note the library-style storage along the wall, with shelves that crank along a track.

In the home of conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, studio space includes a room for a full-time archivist to work. Note the library-style storage along the wall, with compacted shelves that crank along a track.

Originally appeared in Coolest Homes for Artists & Art Collectors
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The client wavered back and forth between making her space a ceramics studio or a personal gym, in the end choosing the studio. The square windows frame views of the home and were carefully positioned so that the lowest window is at eye level when the cli

On a site with just 700-square-feet of buildable space, the designers of this studio intersected two rectangular boxes to create a single creative space for an artistic couple. In one end of the structure, square windows were carefully positioned so that the lowest window is at eye level when the clients are either seated at the workstation, or standing up.

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matthew williams
Originally appeared in His-Her Collage and Ceramics Studio
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Camera Lucida artist's studio in Austria with windows overlooking the valley

There's a playfulness and conceptual ambition in architect Christian Tonko's Camera Lucida studio, a hillside artist's retreat he designed for friends in his Austrian hometown of Bregenz. A roughly 570-square-foot angled box of weathered steel and concrete, the aperture-like space—inspired by the form of a camera—offers a stark interior for concertation and a wide-open look at the Rhine Valley below when inspiration wanes. 

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Eduard Hueber
Originally appeared in Camera-Inspired Artist's Studio Offers Stunning, Wide-Angle Views
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Inside, the main floor of the studio is pleasantly cluttered with books, sketches, chair prototypes, finished products, and a blackboard where the brothers hash out their ideas. On the floor is a poster for their "Album" exhibition in Bordeaux. Downstairs

Inside the studio of brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the main floor is pleasantly cluttered with books, sketches, chair prototypes, finished products, and a blackboard where the brothers hash out their ideas. Downstairs is a woodshop and prototyping studio; upstairs are offices and a photo studio.

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Stefan's studio has good daylight, plywood walls, and an extra-big entrance for his large-scale work.

In the Noosa, Australia residence of the New Zealand-born painter Stefan Dunlop and his family, good daylight, plywood walls, and an extra-big entrance for his large-scale work make for the ideal home studio.

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modern yrjo kukkapuro finland artek standing desk studio

Yrjö Kukkapuro, one of Finland’s design legends, has a joint studio and home outside Helsinki, because he and his wife wanted it to be “no problem for us to bring work home.”

Photo by Johannes Romppanen.

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