Inside the Beautiful, Creative Spaces of 10 Artists
Artists… they’re just like us, right? Well, maybe. But one thing is for certain: their work and living spaces are reliably some of the most distinct, inspired, and inspiring. Whether their studios meld harmoniously with their living spaces, or work and play are kept separate, artists’ environments are a fascinating reflection of their ideas, progress, and output. Join us as we take you inside the beautiful creative spaces of ten brilliant artists, from woodworkers to painters to florists.
Woodworker Arielle Alasko is well known for her rough-hewn (though never rudimentary) handmade tools (think spoons and simple spreaders), striking wall panels, headboards, and tables. Her Brooklyn studio is as earthy, understated, and inviting as her creations would suggest.
Master floral artist Amy Merrick is known for her deeply romantic style. Her arrangements often evoke the mood and richness of classical paintings. Her Greenpoint, Brooklyn, studio—with its rustic wooden shelves lined with mercury glass vessels and dusty jars, and its tabletops strewn with plant clippings—is just the place you might imagine such beauty would emerge from.
Berlin-based Johanna Tagada is an abstract painter and interdisciplinary artist, whose creations range from fine art and photography to printed tote bags and cheeky tees. Her Prenzlauer Berg studio and home—which she shares with her partner, English painter Jatinder Singh Durhailay—is bright and colourful, much like Tagda’s art.
Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht (101 years old at the time of her death in 2013) was a Dutch painter who lived the type of illustrious, storied life you only read about. Born to a noble Austrian family, and a lifetime patron of the arts who was surrounded by luminaries from a young age, Waterschoot van der Gracht made her home along the Amsterdam canal. Known as Castrum Peregrini, it’s bursting with books, beautiful objects, and art. Today, it survives as a non-profit cultural center and guesthouse.
The Los Angeles neighbourhood of Frogtown is home to Bath Katz’s peaceful ceramics studio. Wooden shelves are stacked high with hand-carved and glazed finished products, but the rest of the space feels wholly at ease and Zen-like. No surprise then that Mt. Washington Pottery is all about beautiful simplicity.
Brooklyn-based artist Rebecca Atwood is known for her line of home textiles, as well as for putting a modern spin on traditional dyeing and pattern techniques. Her textiles, which can be purchased as throw pillows, baskets, accessories, or raw fabric yardage, are all handmade in her serene studio, its reigning colour palette and walls reflecting her current projects.
Housed in a Dutch Neo-Gothic building constructed in 1898, Serbian-born, New York-based designer Ana Kraš’s studio is vast, with towering windows and plenty of natural light. The sunlit space is dotted with colour, tools, and texture. There, Kraš makes her Bonbon Lamp series by hand, wrapping Technicolor thread around gem-like wireframes.
Creators of the coolest party decorations (and pioneers of the now-popular space of elevated festive décor), Julia Ho and Nicholas Anderson have a studio that’s all tinsel and pastel goodness. Their any-occasion garlands and piñatas are the stuff of sparkly dreams.
Los Angeles-based textile artist Janelle Pietrzak’s colourful workspace is a reflection of her beautifully rich weavings. Combining unexpected materials and textures to create a single piece, Pietrzak’s style is uninhibited and imaginative. Her eye-popping inspiration board gives us a peek at the source.
Los Angeles-based artist Lauren Spencer King’s work is grounded in nature, colour, healing, personal experience, and memory. Her studio very much reflects the quiet wonder of her art and ethos, revealing a creative soul always searching for, and finding, inspiration all around her.