Office-Studio Plan

Podcast 251 : Planning the New Office/Studio

With the preparation for my move next week taking up so much of my time, I haven’t been able to get any photography in at all in the last month. I generally like to talk about things photography related that I'm involved with right now, and as I'm currently planning...

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  • John Driscoll
    Posted at 05:43h, 15 July Reply

    Could you mention the brand of the table. I have seen nothing like that anywhere.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 10:00h, 15 July Reply

    Sure John. I just checked on the store’s web site, but this is a Japanese store and Japanese web page. I’m not sure if this table is available in other countries.

    They call it a Living Table B2166, but this could just be a Japanese contraction of the term Living Room Table. A search for this shows a company in China also distributing the table, but I can’t find any Western distributors, at least not with a quick search.

    I also found the exact extent of the height, which is 27 to 75cm.

    I hope this helps.

  • David H
    Posted at 22:26h, 17 July Reply

    Now I am rather motivated to renovate our spare room in our absurdly priced place in Denenchofu to use as something other than road bike and winter clothes storage. I wonder how you got your wife to agree to all of that? And where did you find the black curtains? I have not been able to find any curtains that could block light effectively.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 09:11h, 18 July Reply

    Hi David,

    You’re living in Denenchoufu!? You gotta be an ex-pat! 🙂

    The stuff that I bought for my office will be coming out of my photography budget, i.e. money made from photography, so it’s not a difficult negotiation.

    We got the black curtains made at IDC Otsuka Kagu (大塚家具) in Ariake. They aren’t cheap to have made, and the “return” costs extra, but they should stop almost all light, except for that that escapes from the top. I’ll let you know how it turns out in practice.


  • David Lee
    Posted at 16:37h, 19 July Reply

    Martin, congrats on the move. I can’t believe you managed everything you do in that small space for so long. The new space and layout should really help for awhile, until you fill it up with toys again. I hope you got the air-cons installed before you move in!

    Meanwhile, I have yet to furnish or even sit in half of our new place near Seattle. Three times the space we had in Tokyo, and we all still crowd together in one room most of the time! But this new backyard is something I can probably never live without again…

    Anyway, happy unpacking.


  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 09:28h, 23 July Reply

    Hi David!

    Sitting in my new office/studio, although surrounded by unpacked boxes still, feels great. I will be getting a 24″ printer, but no other large toys planned at the moment. I’ve been waiting for the new printer for too long to hold off any more. 🙂

    I was going to reply a few days ago, saying that we have four air-con units installed, so no worries, but I figured I’d wait until we actually moved in. It turns out that they are all the same model, OK for up to 10 “jou” rooms. The problem is, our living room/dining room and kitchen, all one room, are 14 “jou”. The air-con set to 16 degrees only cools the room down to 28! We’ve been on to the agents that rented us the place though, and will probably get a larger unit installed soon.

    You’re new place sounds great too. I know what you mean about crowding into one room. I did that when I was back in England for three years from 97 to 2000. We had four large rooms and I still put my computer and desk in the living room so I could be near to the wife. 🙂


  • David H
    Posted at 19:25h, 01 August Reply

    Thanks Martin. If it works out well, I’ll try some too. (I live in Denenchofu ’cause my wife and I have—or had—more yen than brains.)

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