Our Workshop Chair by Cecilie Manz is named after its place of origin: the workshop. Designed from the idea of an everyday chair, the chair came to be through a free design process that experimented with forms and shapes in the workshop until ending up at the final design.
We wanted to take the concept of our Workshop Chair further, visiting three creatives across Scandinavia to hear about their workshops, how surroundings can affect your creativity and how having a space dedicated to your work shapes your creations. The final of our three creatives is Christiane Spangsberg, a Copenhagen-based painter, speaking on her workshop.
“I’ve always worked from home. I’ve moved a lot and my atelier follows me wherever I go. I’m in a flat in the Eastern area of Copenhagen now. I find that there’s a certain intimacy to working at home.
It’s a space where I feel free and can be at ease. I always do my work seated on the floor. I think it’ll always be like that. No matter how small a space I’d end up in, there’ll always be room for a piece of paper on the floor.
Most crucial to me though, is that I’m alone with my work. Working from home gives me a feeling of control that, over time, allows me to immerse myself completely into whatever I’m working on. In that sense, I believe that our surroundings affect as just as much as our thoughts do.
Some need visual stimulation to feel inspired and I’m the same way, though what I find the most inspiring is a large, white, naked wall. That sense of nothingness inspires me and allows me to dream up things in my mind to unfold on the canvas.”