So tomorrow is my first day at my new job, taking on the role as art director for a large home services company. Switching jobs can be exciting, like starting over at a new school when you were a teenager; or coming back after a summer break: the opportunities for reinvention are endless — it’s a clean slate. When I was in high school we moved from Arizona to Utah at the beginning of my junior year for my dad’s new job. I was dizzy with the possibilities. I didn’t have to be the kid that was tormented all through elementary and junior high anymore! Those failed experiments with metallic polyester shirts? As far as these guys knew, that never even happened! It was great. Also, when I was a kid, I used to spend the weeks before fall semester reworking my penmanship. How would I make my J’s this year? What about my g’s? Where was there room for improvement? A single story “𝑎” or the fancier, double story “𝚊?” I can almost carbon date any scrap of school work from those days by how I was writing my name. Look, I didn’t say I was picked on for no reason.
Anyway, to me the best part about a new job is a new office space, because a new office space means new office supplies. My desk at my new place is all white lacquer and glass, so I wanted items to warm up my spot without going overboard: woods and neutrals, with a bit of texture. Looking at them assembled, I guess all those years of skimming Monocle is starting to show — it’s a pretty, if predictable mix of Scandinavian and Japanese standbys. I picked up my favorite tablets and tape from Muji ($1.25), some other paper goods from Midori via Muhs Home. (~$8). And finally, an Oji Masanori Kami cup and a couple Caran D’ache pens, the prices of which I don’t really want to talk about because I am grown and I do what I want and hey look over there! Rounding it all out are some birch bark containers I scored for virtually nothing on Crate & Barrel’s clearance rack, a couple chunky white polyhedra paperweights from Target, and some simple birch bookends from IKEA.
Is it time for school, -er work yet?