A Promotion And An Introvert’s Dream

I was recently promoted at work and given the largest desk on the floor which is affectionately referred to as “The Fortress of Solitude” by my team. It’s off by itself with four enclosed walls making it an incredibly quiet and private space which is a dream for an introvert like myself. My supervisor was confident placing me there because he knew I could work independently but would also continue to supervise and interact with new members of the team to assist them as needed.

I wasted no time in making the space my own – a home away from home. I ordered a few antique art pieces, a Persian style rug, I printed custom posters and had them framed, ordered limited edition lithographs, and had a second bronze bust of Beethoven cast to match the one I use in my home office for use as headphone stands in each space.

To ensure that each of the pieces would function well in the space, I took a moment between tasks at work to sketch out a rough template of the work area’s measurements and where I planned to place/hang each artifact. Here’s the (very) rough layout.

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It took a few months for all of the art works to be created, printed, or to ship from their nations of origin, but it’s all come together. The final step was to replace the boring wheeled plastic desk chair with something more my style. Thankfully I scored a vintage red armchair for just $7 at a local garage sale.

Here are a few shots of the results.

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The last item has just arrived and is now handsomely framed on my office wall. This is the limited edition bonus A2 lithograph from Brian Eno’s new Extended Edition of Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, exclusively shipped to the first 250 persons worldwide to submit their orders upon the announcement of its release last May.

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The print showcases the lunar surface depicted on the original album cover from 1983. The piece is a perfect complement to the official Hearts of Space nebula poster I ordered from the ambient radio program that has been wishing space fans safe journeys for nearly forty years.

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The Beethoven bust turned out fantastic and really adds a refined touch to the space –

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My dual desktop wallpaper is a photo of the century-old chalkware “Nipper” statue and 1911 Monarch gramophone proudly displayed in my dining room in celebration of “His Master’s Voice,” the legacy of RCA, and the history of recorded music, and a small cast iron figure of Nipper sits humbly between the two monitors.

Here’s the actual statue in my home –

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and the cast iron figure –

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Also on display is my recently-acquired “His Master’s Voice” antique art mirror –

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a portrait of James Joyce, mantel clock, and I found a vintage lamp and shade to complement my burgundy-and-brass theme –

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a collage I assembled of influential figures in the history of experimental music titled, “The Rest Is Noise” –

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DJ Food (Strictly Kev)’s poster of all the releases from the late Pete Namlook’s ambient FAX +49-69/450464 record label –

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an engraved tea chest –

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and a limited edition t-shirt graphic I framed of post-rock legend Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Faulty Schematics of a Ruined Machine from their majestic F# A# ∞ LP –

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There is also a fun antique style console radio clock –

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and I produced a high-res scan of Brian Eno’s sheet music for his seminal Music for Airports LP and formatted the layout to frame beautifully in a 10×13 frame above my desk.

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And on the far wall behind my desk I’ve framed the Apollo print and a classy 24” x 36” portrait of Miles Davis taken in 1948 in NYC from the Herman Leonard Collection.

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The Persian style area rug finishes off the space nicely, and makes it feel extra cozy.

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It’s a serene work space and really makes me feel at home.

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7 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. You live your life deliberately, with such beautiful “intentionality”. Congrats!

    • What a wonderful compliment! Thank you sincerely! May I ask – how were you able to arrive at such a conclusion from this humble little post?

  2. I know it when I see it, and you have an incandescence about you that it’s undeniable.

    • I am absolutely enamored! I’d love to hear your musical insights and other perspectives on the Arts and design!

  3. Sorry to respond slowly. I was in hospital (for surgery; I’m fine now). I do indeed have quite decided opinions about music and arts, particularly literary arts, but I don’t often air them since they are so … decided.

    But before I dive into any of that, I’d like to comment on your philosophical choice of Beethoven’s bust as the stand for your headphones. I found that to be telling, an indication of the deafness that he represents, and yet the inner life of the music that he could still hear. It was a fascinating choice for me. At our home, the headphones rest on a facsimile of a human skull. *Tempus fugit, memento mori* is the motto of my life.

    • No need to apologize. I’m so glad you’re alright! And I’m definitely intrigued by your latest remark. (Thank you for replying once again.)

      You’re spot-on about Beethoven and his deafness! That was absolutely a consideration when I employed him as a headphone model. You’ve a keen eye!

      But may I say – the comments section of a blog post does not do justice to a philosophical discussion. You inspired me at long last to add a “Contact Me” form to my blog’s About page at https://innerspacelabs.wordpress.com/about/. That’s also accessible by the About Innerspace Labs link at the upper right corner of this blog. (This way readers can contact me without my being inundated by spam were I instead to directly link an email address.)

      I’ve created a dedicated email account for the blog. Please, do write to me when you can and tell me more about your personal philosophy and your thoughts on the arts. The email format will be far better-suited to such a discussion. I promise to respond thoughtfully!

      Until then take care!

      • I replied there. I look forward to our correspondence.


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