WeTransfer Studios x the Clio Awards: Dream Workplace

WeTransfer Studios partnered with the Clio Awards to explore how and where creatives work best. Rather than another studio visit feature, we asked five creatives around the world to describe their dream workplace, which illustrator Owen Gatley brought to life for us.  

Cybel Martin, USA

Cybel Martin is an award-winning director of photography based in New York city. She’s worked with the likes of Netflix, ESPN and National Geographic and shot commercials for Sony, Reebok and Timberland. Her films have premiered at Sundance, TriBeCa and the Berlin Film Festival.

The beauty of film production is my that my “work place” is always changing – filming on a beach in Belize one week. downtown Los Angeles the next.  I’m a kid in a visual candy store.

My creativity thrives when there is order and structure. I love containers, folders, clocks, anything color-coded and alphabetized. My meditation and yoga practice is also very important. I wouldn’t be opposed to a gong on set – and a band of yogis to practice sun salutations with me during my breaks.

Sunlight is vital to my happiness and creativity. My perfect workspace would provide me with sunshine on demand. Not artificial – I know the difference. You know that cartoon character who is followed by one rain cloud that affects only them? I want the sun version. Either a tiny planet, or a quantum-physics-engineered sunroof so I can always look up and feel the sun, without it altering my lighting on set.  

Coffee. Must have strong coffee. Nothing fancy. If Craft Services could perform an  Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony (simply pick the raw coffee beans, roast & grind them) three times a day, I’d be pleased.

Film crews are fun people. We laugh often. Sometimes we do stress out and could use an instant injection of joy. Nothing does that better than puppies. Especially Pomeranians for me.  

A portable, temperature-regulated Pomeranian Dog Run, complete with Poms, sound proof walls (don’t want to upset our Sound Mixer), plush toys and puppy snacks would be a reasonable request.

All of the chairs should be massage chairs.  For those who have to stand all day, I’d like a masseuse to circulate amongst the crew members – do a quick shoulder rub and dab essential oils on our brow.

Pann Lim, Singapore

Pann Lim is the co-founder and creative director of Singapore agency Kinetic, whose belief in strong, concept-led design has seen him rack up more than 400 industry awards. In his spare time he also creates the much-loved Rubbish Famzine, an eccentric, thematic publication written, illustrated and designed by Pann, his wife and his two children.

I work best when I am happy. There’s no better way to perform than when you are at peace with everything you do. Without any baggage in my mind, I can work in any conditions – noisy or quiet, messy or neat.

Kinetic Singapore is in a restored shophouse located about ten minutes outside the city. We call it Peranakan style and there is nothing I don’t like about it, so I would keep that.  

I would like the walls covered in vinyls that I love. Music can range from jazz to death metal to alternative rock, and anything and everything in between. It would be nice if there are a few turntables with different set-ups.

I want to be surrounded by things that inspire me. I would like a library of books and magazines and I’d like the space to be filled with furniture and other objects made by creatives I admire. Electronics from Dieter Rams, vintage film cameras by Leica, furniture by the Eames, Marcel Breuer, Gerrit Rietveld, Enzo Mari, Robin Day. In fact, I would love to have Robin Day in the same studio to learn from him. I have always admired his work and his philosophy.

I wouldn’t mind spending time with Miles Davis as well – quite a crazy guy with his trumpet! And I will also have a chair and table for Marina Abramovic, so I can gaze into her eyes like like in The Artist is Present performance.

There should also be rows and rows of vintage Sofubi toys and figurines, ranging from Ultraman to Masked Rider. And I would love the whole studio to be filled with tropical plants, like the rafflesia. It produces a massive flower and it’s said to smell of rotting flesh!


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