Following on from last week, we reach out to three new creatives to see how they are adapting and staying inspired during these uncertain times.
We hear from Steve Cordony , Victoria Zschommler and Lucy Montgomery, as they answer five questions on how they are adapting their practices in isolation. Whether it's exploring new recipes in the kitchen, discovering a new hobby or letting cinema transport them around the world, their time in isolation, albeit stressful, has allowed new-found creativity to flourish.
We hope these answers inspire you - Enjoy!
"I'm spending a lot of time in the kitchen as I love cooking which is something I never usually have time to do" – Steve Cordony.
How has your day-to-day workflow changed? Definitely. On a normal day, I would be at the gym at 6:30, first meetings around 9, then on the road sourcing and/or spending the afternoon in the office. If I’m shooting, I would be in studio of on location somewhere all day. Now, it's a leisurely start to the day at around 7/8am, breakfast with Michael (plus lunch and dinner!), then I spend most of the day in the office, in meetings on Zoom or FaceTime, but i'll break the day up by a going for a walk at lunchtime, and then I finish up around 4.
Have you had to change your home to suit your WFH needs? I have an office at home so I brought a lot of my Apple tech items from the work office home, along with samples and office stationary etc. I re-jigged the home office to make it more functional and re-organised the drawers of my desk.
Which area of your home are you gravitating to the most and why? I’m spending a lot of time in the kitchen as I love cooking which is something I never usually have time to do. Also the office, lounge room and I’m spending a lot of time outside on our property.
Are you reading any good books, listening to podcasts or watching movies to get you through? I’ve been trying to get through a list of movies I have wanted to watch for a while with incredible sets and which transport me around the world from our lounge room (Call me by your name, Cleopatra, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Marie Antoinette, A single man, Under the Tuscan sun, The Graduate) as-well as TV shows including Ozark, Tiger King, re-watching The Crown
What is your favourite GD piece and why? The Flag Halyard Chair is my favourite piece as it transcends functionality and is a beautiful art piece in itself.
Steve has been posting some incredible video's with styling tips and tricks via his instagram page - check them out here!
"I've taken up pottery and made an entire workbench / pottery setup in the kitchen " - Victoria Zschommler.
How has your day-to-day workflow changed? Everything has changed. To be fair, my usual working life didn’t have much of a regular day-to-day workflow. One day I’m shooting in a location house in Byron Bay, the next I’m on a plane and in a studio in Paris, on a plane again shooting in Sydney, then in a studio in Melbourne, and maybe back on a plane to Paris. You get the idea! Now I actually have had to create some sort of workflow to get through my days - so that’s new!
Have you had to change your home to suit your WFH needs? I have absolutely changed my home to suit my WFH needs .. well not for work, but definitely for creative fun. I’ve taken up pottery and made an entire workbench / pottery setup in the kitchen. It hasn’t moved for weeks. I like having the option to get my hands in clay whenever I want - typically late at night with a wine.
Which area of your home are you gravitating to the most and why? I think every room in the house is getting a fair share of my time - I roll out a yoga mat next to our books and music each morning, work from the dining table in the middle of the house, the kitchen for cooking or pottery, and then my sweet spot which is an armchair in the sun looking out to the courtyard/world.
Are you reading any good books, listening to podcasts or watching movies to get you through? I am, more than ever. Amongst the many books that I rediscovered on my bookshelf, I managed to pick up a few good magazines in Paris just last month. The new issue of the Gentlewoman is a good read, as always. We have a projector setup in our living room, and have watched some of the most incredible films during this time. Some new and some old favs; Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Parasite, Moonlight and A Single Man are a few that spring to mind. A great podcast episode I’d recommend is How To Fail with Elizabeth Day feat. Alain De Botton.
"As we spend more time than ever in our homes, I’m finding my clients are wanting to make the most of their interiors and create a haven they love to spend time in." – Lucy Montgomery
How has your day-to-day workflow changed? My styling projects are still progressing in a ‘socially distanced’ manner. I’m also doing ‘virtual’ styling consultations with new clients - offering my expertise to source pieces such as accessories, furniture and lighting, bedding, custom upholstery, art selection or simply editing existing schemes.
As we spend more time than ever in our homes, I’m finding my clients are wanting to make the most of their interiors and create a haven they love to spend time in.
Have you had to change your home to suit your WFH needs? My husband Sam has decided to take over our dining room table which is not ideal!
Which area of your home are you gravitating to the most and why? I’m loving the opportunity to spend more time in the kitchen on weekends, revisiting old favorites including Stephanie Alexander’s The Cooks Companion – autumn is the perfect time for a slow cooked lamb! Ottolenghi salads are also gorgeous for lunch when you’re not rushing to get a meal on the table.
Are you reading any good books, listening to podcasts or watching movies to get you through? Live Beautiful by Athena Calderone of EyeSwoon and her new podcast More Than One Thing. Inside Tangier has been an inspiration for a new Mediterranean-vibe collection I have been working on. Kelly Wearstler’s new book Evocative Style is full of styling and colour scheme ideas.
What is your favourite GD piece and why? I have always loved the Moller Bench #63 for it’s beautiful design, craftsmanship and versatility i.e. hallway or end of bed. It’s a classic piece which will never date.