In the Flow: Designer Desk Series in Motion

Everyone has one — a place where they can get work done. A workspace serves as a place to focus and be productive, whether it’s a photo studio, a cozy cafe or a fully equipped kitchen.

By looking at that space, one can learn a lot about a person’s tastes and lifestyle. We’re launching a new column that takes a look at where Austin’s most creative people work and highlights their workflow through time-lapse photography. This month, we’re featuring the desks of three talented designers who work in different fields around Austin: Chelsea Fullerton of Go Forth Creative, Claire Zinnecker of Claire Zinnecker Design and Jamie Chioco of Chioco Design. We’ve captured all of the supplies, tools, products and pets that go across their desks in the span of a day in just a matter of seconds.


Chelsea Fullerton

Head Honcho at Go Forth Creative

Chelsea works in the back of her house studio surrounded by trees and natural sunlight. The space is a peaceful retreat for the graphic designer to work on design, photography and creative projects. Her studio is lightly scented by rose water, which she spritzes on her face to revitalize her through the day, and the soft, woody scent of her No 1: Amber & Moss Soy Candle by P.F. Candle Co. The corners of her office are adorned with postcards, publications, packaging she’s designed and ephemera that inspire her. And a good supply of Tootsie Rolls and Early Grey Tea are always within arm’s reach.


On Chelsea’s Desk:

Notebook by O-Check Design Graphics – Spartan

Wildsam Field Guides Field Guide 02, Austin, Texas

Hand Forged Scissors – Parveen

Ink Pad – Yellow Owl Workshop

Stamp – Capital Rubber Stamp

Pantone Solid Chips Uncoated

Stationary – Uline


Claire Zinnecker

Owner and Lead Designer at Claire Zinnecker Design

Being an interior designer who collects beautiful things, Claire’s home studio is constantly evolving. Mostly filled with pink, white and gold accessories and one-of-a-kind artifacts, her workspace serves as an office; a storage space for rugs, vintage furniture and stacks of textiles; and a hangout area for her two large dogs, Monte and Emma. Organizing things around her studio is something she’s become accustomed to, she says while sitting on a colorful wool rug, snipping fresh flowers for a bouquet. After all, she spends most of her days designing and rearranging spaces.


On Claire’s Desk:

Mug – Chris Long Ceramics

Mini Plant Holder – The Object Enthusiast

Coral Hand Painted Pot – Serax Potteries

Diamond Tile – Urban Edge Ceramics

Hexagon Tile – Lindsey Lang

Kaleido Trays – Hay

• Stones from Marfa

• Small Scissors – West Elm

Leather Handled Scissors –

Daily Jotter – Moglea

• Minnie, one of two kittens Claire is taking care of

Norm Steel Stand Clock – Norm Architects

Jamie Chioco

Principal of Chioco Design

Chioco Design—responsible for several commercial and residential projects around Austin—abandons the formality and pretense one might find at other design firms’ offices in favor of minimalism and simplicity. Among the renderings of buildings the firm is designing (such as the new Torchy’s Tacos that will open on South Congress later this year) are personal touches Jamie and his three employees have added to the refurbished Rosewood studio’s grey and white palette. For example, Jamie adorned one of the walls with rows of colorful, vintage yardsticks, the winnings of Jamie’s “eBay obsession,” he explains. And on his modest desk is a twee illustration of him holding the office pup—a one-eyed Pug named Spanky, who rarely misses a day of work.


On Jamie’s Desk:

• Spanky

• Mousepad with Spanky, a gift from Jamie’s staff.

Billykirk No. 236 Schoolboy Satchel in Tan

Elan Pocket Size Field Book

Delphonics Ballpoint Wood Pen

Aluminum Scale Ruler – Alumicolor

• A tray filled with various tiles.

Braun ET66 Calculator – designed by Dietrich Lubs and Dieter Rams

Written by: Clarisa Ramirez
Portraits and Photography by: Chris Wiley
Jamie Chioco Desk by: Chris Perez


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