“I’ve got a theory: if you love your workspace, you’ll love your work a little more.” – Cynthia Rowley
We already loved our work, but we really needed to love our workspace. Prior to moving into the Dallas Design District, Jean Liu Design operated out of a converted garage bay and then a three story townhouse. Both locations met our bare requirements, but the lack of light, endless flights of stairs and tight working quarters made it obvious we still needed a change.
The search for new workspace was not an easy one, but having a tenacious colleague, a well-connected broker, and a healthy dose of patience won the day. Our building had just been renovated by a landlord who shared a similar design sensibility, and the timing of our search enabled us to finish out the unit as we envisioned it.
The design challenge for our own studio was to not over design it. The space needed to feel inviting and considered, but also needed to be functional so as not to limit one’s ability to work, to lay out drawings and samples, and to hold client meetings. We achieved this balance by employing a mix of high and low furnishings—white dining tables from Blu Dot serve as work surfaces; white tile from Home Depot clad the bathroom walls; cabinets and counters from Ikea proved the perfect solution for the kitchen; Donghia Anziano side chairs around a vintage Knoll rosewood table make up the conference area; upcycled windows from Deep Ellum’s Bomb Factory serve as sliding doors; custom made cork boards displaying each project are lit with pendants from Caravaggio. In concert, these elements result in a productive and personal workspace we truly love as much as the work itself.