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. This month, we’re focusing our lens on the desk of artist and designer Mia Carameros.
On Mia’s Desk:
• Antique Porcelain Cup
• Original Crown Mill Paper – NoteMaker
• Antique Blue and White Tray
• Leather Box – Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas
• Heart Sculpture – MV% Ceramics Design
• Old Stamps in a Glass Box That Was Once Her Great Grandmother’s
• Teacup (holding almonds) – Le Fanion
• Tortoise Catchall Tray – Watson Kennedy
• Candle – Diptyque Paris in Baies
• Country Estate Mug – Juliska
• Ginkgo Business Card Holder – Michael Michaud Table Art
• Antique Wooden Hands – Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas
The first thing one notices upon entering Mia’s home office is her collection of dried ferns, wildflowers, herbs and skinny weeds resting on a table behind her desk. More plants hide in between pages of books, under her guest bed in a makeshift “janky” flower press made from a Yeti cooler and pieces of Bristol board— and there are even a couple of tiny white flowers on her desk, a gift from her aunt who acquired them 40 years ago during her ballerina recital and pressed them. Most were foraged from Texas, but many of are from across the United States. Each pressing is tied to a memory, Mia says, and many end up her art. Over the past few months, Mia’s been scanning some of these specimens and then painting the silhouettes with black gouache on white paper with thin Filbert brushes. The result is reminiscent of Zen Japanese paintings and calligraphy, which is not surprising since her entire house is decorated with beautiful Eastern art.
Mia’s aesthetic is sophisticated, worldly and very personal. In her office, and throughout her home, she favors a dark, monochrome palette and is fond of gold tchotchkes she finds on eBay, family heirlooms and the bespoke mementoes she picks up during her travels. Almost everything on her antique desk has an incredible story, including the desk itself! (Formerly a conference table in the ’60s, the solid wood piece was cut in half in half by its previous owner, an attorney and abstract artist who used it in multiple offices and spaces from 1970 to 2013 before selling it to Mia via Craigslist.) Although Mia does a lot of her work at her studio at Canopy, she uses her desk regularly to scan her floral collection, catch up on administrative duties and write by hand—an exercise
Written By: Clarisa Ramirez
Photography By: Chris Perez