Friday, March 24, 2017

Shed Box of Delights: Coroflot Mobile Work Unit


Another entry in the interior shedworking file, although this also has the potential to be moved around and even used outside. The Coroflot Mobile Work Unit is a trailer designed by Los Osos for Coroflot ('Career and community site hosting individual creative portfolios, a global design firm directory, and a database of job and project openings'). It's made from douglas fir with a polycarbonate cladding.

The Making of: Coroflot – Office on Wheels from Los Osos on Vimeo.

Via Treehugger via designboom where there are lots more details and photos. --------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cloud House shed


Cloud House by conceptual artist Matthew Mazzotta combines a shed with a clever rain harvesting system - rain is collected in a storage tank underneath the shed and is then pumped up to the cloud when anybody sits on one of the rocking chairs inside. It then falls as rain on the tin roof, making a nice sound and watering the edible plants on the windowsills. Here's what Matthew says:
"This display of the water cycle illustrates our dependence on the fragile natural systems that grow the food we eat: at points throughout the year when there is low rainfall, the ‘cloud’ will not rain on the roof because it is simply out of water."

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Richard Mitchelson: shedworker


A really nice interview by Ian Cleverly in cycling magazine Rouleur with animator, illustrator, and designer Richard Mitchelson (see below for one of his mug designs and his web page for lots more). Here's a snippet with Richard talking about his working life in his garden office (pictured above):
I either have music or podcasts, or videos or documentaries in the background. When you work on your own, you have to have something going on. I don’t want to listen to my own monologue all day – I’m boring enough as it is. I need something that’s going to fire me up and get me going.
In a small house, with two children, it works. I tried working in the house and it was impossible. I have been in the shed for almost a year and it has been brilliant. It is disconnected enough, even though it’s at the bottom of the garden. You step out of the house, and what the house represents. It is tiny – six feet by eight feet – but it’s enough. My desk, my computers, it’s warm. That is all I need.

Me and my Dad put a lot of work into it – insulation, electrics, other bits and bobs – and that makes me love it more than something that was just bought off the shelf. It’s my own space.


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Supercool: Shedworkers - How to go remote


Birmingham-based design consultancy Supercool has recently made the move from a 'traditional' workplace to a garden office. There is a nice post on their blog about why they ditched their old office, and another excellent one on how they chose to go remote and down the shedworking path (it also features a useful set of links and resources for remote teams).

What's particularly useful about the post is that it explains not only the thinking behind the move but also the practicalities, so if you're considering moving your company along similar lines, I'd strongly suggest you read it. Here's a snippet, number 5 on their list, 'Caust zero disruption to clients':
From the trial runs – which no clients noticed were happening; schmoooooooth! – to the timing of The Big Move (over the Christmas break), we made it a priority that this change wouldn’t affect clients. No delay in projects. No change to the way people contact us. No change in working hours. Nothing. Nowt. Nada. I’m really proud we succeeded in making a change that, although a big thing for each of us, hasn’t impacted our client work at all. Not negatively anyway – as I said, if anything we work better together now.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Das Büro im Garten


Wünschen Sie sich neue Perspektiven im Job – buchstäblich – mit Blick ins Grüne? . Das 2,70 x 3,20 Meter große Bürohaus ist komplett mit integrierter Arbeitsplatte und Büromöbeln ausgestattet. Voll isolierte Fenster und Thermowände machen es zum vollwertigen Arbeitsplatz zu jeder Jahreszeit. Und im Sommer kann die Terrasse zum open-air-Besprechungsraum werden.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Shed Box of Delights: Hedged In



If you want to green up your garden office but want it done instantly and with no ongoing maintenance (apart from dusting), then take a look at the botanically-accurate offerings from Stockport-based Hedged In who supplier artificial hedging panels (and topiary, trees, etc) to businesses, including shedworkers. They mostly come as 50 x 50 cm interlock squares, are UV stable and weatherproof. Their flame resistant boxwood is also available for commercial indoor projects.  --------------------------------------------------------
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Studio by Sally Coulthard: Book review + giveaway


It's hard now to imagine how dreary shedworkers' bookshelves looked before Sally Coulthard and Jane Field-Lewis - together their books have revolutionised not only how we see our garden offices and other shedlike atmospheres, but how we decorate them and personalise them (modesty prevents mentioning any other names in this regard...).

Sally's latest book Studio (subtitle: 'creative spaces for creative people', published by Jacqui Small) is another success and a definite must-buy for any shedworker's bookshelf. Indeed it should be on any homeworker's 'to buy' list because while it does feature shed studios, shepherds' huts, and converted garages, there is a huge variety of creative work and study spaces on show here, and across numerous countries too.

As with Sally's previous books (out of her long backlist I'm thinking especially of Shed Chic and Shed Decor), it's a handsome hardback volume with plenty of high quality illustrations (and on quality paper too which will please book buffs). But it's not just a coffee-table book - the text, especially the case studies and the interviews with artists, is very readable and useful in terms of sourcing materials, planning layouts, lighting, and so on. And to be honest, it's also quite intriguing to politely poke around other people's studios. Well worth a read.

We've also got a couple of copies to give away to two lucky readers of Shedworking. Simply email (or @shedworking on Twitter) the answer to this question by the end of March 2017 (usual competition rules apply):

Q. Name three types of creative space featured in Studio.

Below is a selection of studio images from the book. From the top (photographer in brackets): Emily Sutton & Mark Hearld (Alun Callender); Max McMurdo (Simon Brown); Sarah Campbell (Alun Callender); Martin O'Neill (Alun Callender).

 



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

360 degree look inside a garden office

The Suffolk Barn

If you've sadly never been inside a garden office, here's a lovely example from Smart Garden Offices which shows what it can look like - just click and drag to have a nose around. A couple more examples at their Flickr page. ----------------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Walden: The game


If you've ever fancied your hand at following Godfather of Shedworking Henry David Thoreau's efforts at Walden, then your luck is literally in. After 10 yeas of development, a new video game has been launched called Walden in which the designers say you get to:
Play as philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau in his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. Live off the land, seek out the small wonders and beauties of the woods, and find balance between your need to survive and your desire to find inspiration.
Here's some actual gameplay action...

The game takes around six hours and starts in the summer of 1845 when HDT built his famous cabin, finishing around the end of his first year in the woods.  Now it's up to YOU to survive each season pondside, track down food, and make sure your hut doesn't disintegrate. But the game also encourages you to take some time to stand and stare, as well as meet HDT's famous friends and associates including Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Walden is available for PC and Mac in an early access Alpha version. More details here including how to download and pay ($18.45).



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