We’re kicking off the week with a new section called ‘The desk of…’. And if you, dear reader, are anything like us at CHAPTER FRIDAY you love raiding other people’s homes, closets and desks. Especially if those are either a huge mess (think coffee stained paperwork and an iMac covered in Post-its) or a ready-to-Pin perfect set up.
THE DESK OF…
In this first edition of ‘The desk of…’ we visited the small yet sweet home office of Toula Tijssen (25). Graphic designer for big publications such as ELLE – which is where she and I (Yara) met when we both joined team ELLE in our early twenties. As one of the most talented young graphic designers in the country and with a professional furniture maker to call her fiancé, it’s clear why Toula’s home office is ready to be photographed at any given time.
Let’s have a look. Try not to drool, thanks.
1. FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHERE DID YOU GET EVERYTHING
TOULA: The white rack is originally meant to hang plants in, I spotted it at the garden section of Karwei. The light bulb is Aurora, the colored paper tape from De Vlieger, the silver clips come from Van Beek, golden scissors and pastel storage boxes from Hay, the Star Wars notebook is by Moleskine and the rose gold frame is from De Bijenkorf. The big black and white shot is a page from ELLE and the portrait features my mom.
2. ABOUT YOUR HOME OFFICE…
TOULA: This home office corner is the once space I have entirely to myself. It’s hands off territory to anyone else! Every single thing you see reflects my style.I like it to be small and intimate – with carefully selected, personal and pretty objects displayed to inspire me when my head is spinning in between projects.
3. KEY PIECE
TOULA: The Andy Warhol poster and the chair. It’s a fifties classic called the Revolt chair. Some museums display it as an icon of Dutch design, but I think it looks perfectly cool in my living room corner.
4. FAVORITE SHOPS FOR DESK DECORATION
TOULA: Amsterdam is packed with unique interior and stationary stores. Must-sees are &K, Friday Next, Nordic New, Restored and Orphan Socks. Shopping while surfing happens on Designlemonade.com and Stylecookie.nl.
5. MORNING BLOG ROUTINE
TOULA: A pair of pears, April and May, Design sponge, Fjellby, Poppytalk.
6. BEST DIY-PROJECT
TOULA: My fiancé Edwin custom built this table to fit this living room corner to a tee. The wooden plate is screwed on to the wall so it only needs one foot for support. This way it’s light and roomy, which is essential given the small space.
7. HOME OFFICE VS ‘REAL’ OFFICE
TOULA: My week is divided between working from home and at my clients’ offices, so for balance I try to stick to the rhythm of a real working day even when working from home. I’ll even have lunch on my drawing tablet! No couch breaks for me – I’d never get back up. I should admit that some of work days are spent in pajama’s… it’s the ultimate perk of working from my apartment.
(photography by Karen van Duijvenbode, interview by Yara Michels)