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In this article, Susan Hamilton Meier interviews Ray Griffith on his source of creativity, his inspirational workspace, and what helps him be productive.

What do you do for work?

When I was a kid, I used to say to my parents all the time, I’m going to be a jeweler when I grow up. I didn’t just say it once or twice. There was no question about it, I was going to be a jeweler. That was the road I was going down, and that was all there was to it. One day my father came home said, I’ve got you an apprenticeship in a jewelry restoration house. From the day I started, I loved it. And I’ve gone forward with that for many years now. 

Tell us about the space where you work.

We moved into this space maybe 12 years ago, and it has this arched window. I saw that window, and I was like, okay, I’m done, I’m taking this office. It’s a really nice space to work in, a bright space.

How would you describe your creative process?

My creative process is 24 hours a day. Different things can spark it. I might find a stone in Tucson that I just get obsessed with, and that might lead to a design of a new ring. Then I think, I can produce more in multiple colors, so I’ll get gem dealers to cut the stones in the shape and the size I want. Other times, I’m doing restoration work for people, and they’ll bring me a specific stone, and they’ll ask me to design something around it. Then, that can lead to something that I’ll put into the line. Sometimes I just get all the components out and play with the jigsaw puzzle and see what I can build. 

Inspiration comes from everywhere, it really does. Sometimes I’m in bed, and I can’t sleep, and I’m like, let’s design a ring or let’s design an earring, and I just go through the motions. I’ll have a pen and paper next to my bed, so I’ll get up and do a little scribble, so I won’t forget the idea, and then I can develop that further inside of my head.

 

Access the full article, All that Glitters…, on WorkSpaceStudio.com. 

Susan Meier shares a post from Workspace Studio on the office of interior designer Antigone Michaelides.

What do you do?

I tell spatial stories. People ask sometimes, what’s your style? And I say that that’s an irrelevant question, and I refuse to answer it. What matters is that I listen, and I get this raw material, this narrative. And because I have certain tools from education and experience, I can translate that into a spatial story, which the person who gave me the narrative can inhabit comfortably.

Tell us about the space where you work.

It’s a double-height space, and upstairs is my son Leo’s loft. We have this very big solid wood surface that is one desk. One part is for Leo, and I have my working corner. Underneath the desk is a collection of materials, like stone or oak samples. All of my samples, all of my files, all of my stuff is in this little corner of the universe.

How would you describe your creative process?

On one side of my space, I keep what is current. At the moment, it’s an Alexander McQueen book and some things that fell off a chandelier. This is the kernel and the start of the process. There’s the start here of something that looks very feminine, very ethereal, very whimsical, but the underlying premise is very structural and rational, just like Alexander McQueen’s.

For commercial work or for museums or for reference, I use sketchbooks, because I need to flip back and forth. For residential projects, for some reason, I don’t want to use my sketchbook. I do it on loose leaf of paper. I don’t know why; this is a mystery to me. I start sketching, and it’s the beginning of an expression; we rise from the floor up, and onto the walls, and now I know where we’re going. The idea of sculpting space from the inside out is beautiful to me.

 

Key points include:

  • What helps productivity
  • The most important elements of the work environment
  • Rituals in the workday

 

Read the full article, The Design Of Folk Tales, on Workspace-studio.com.

 

Susan Meier shares a behind-the-design post from Workspace Studio. This week, in an interview with Amanda Hindlian, she discusses the form, function, and favorite aspects of her home office. 

What do you do for work?

I’m the Global Head of Capital Markets at the New York Stock Exchange, which means that any time a private company is thinking about ways to tap into the public capital markets, I’m there with my team to help them through that process. 

It’s fun because it’s global. I have a big pitch on Friday with the largest IPO of the year, and it happens to be a Chinese issuer. I have a team in China, and I’m spending a lot of time with them. Even though I can’t be in the meeting because it’s going to be fully in Mandarin, I want to make sure that they’re prepared. 

Tell us about the space where you work.

I have an office in my apartment in the city. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the entire apartment. There’s a TV on one wall, where I have CNBC on all the time. There’s a cozy orange chair that I really, really wanted for whatever reason. It’s wide, it’s sweet, you can really curl up in it and read and think. In a job like this, you can get heavily into execution mode and forget that there are longer term things that you want to spend your brain cells on. I love the fact that my home office has that space for me to do that.

How would you describe your creative process?

Thinking and trying to creatively problem-solve is my favorite thing to do. I don’t enjoy executing as much – it’s not as fun. In my current role, the creative thought process is around the core business – what’s our pitch? what’s the value proposition that we’re selling to a private company? are we doing it effectively? I’m also trying to bring into my role the bandwidth to think about the general trends affecting the world, because I think it’s something that will be interesting to potential issuers and where we can have a thought advantage in the field.

 

Key points include:

  • Protecting your time
  • Sources of counterproductivity
  • Daily rituals

 

Read the full post, The Grande Dame Of Wall Street, on WorkSpaceStudio.com.