What's on your desk, Andrea Maria Dusl?
Magazine Contact #19
“I use virtually no furniture. Everything I own is in handy transportable trunks and in little transparent boxes placed on the desk,” says Andrea Maria Dusl. The film director, author and graphic artists is an adherent of – what she regards – as reduced and almost abstract living and working. “I formerly used to live up to the produced and representative concept of space, but it was a concept I dropped the moment I noticed the magnificence involved was always less than truthful. It is no longer an approach that I find suitable.”
Her current workplace is at her apartment in an old house of the Biedermeier period in the Vienna Leopoldstadt district. This is the place where she grew up. It is where her father, an architect, had his office for many decades. It is a house full of memories. From her desk she looks out on the green inner courtyard. It also has memories – of a stretch of countryside in the middle of the city. “With this difference that a stretch of countryside in the city is far more peaceful than it can ever be in the country, which is the way it should be, I feel.”
The office of her dreams? “That would be a hall as big as an aeroplane hangar, let’s say 10,000 square metres or so. There would be no dividing walls and I would put the bed wherever I happened to want it. My writing desk too. All the rest would be empty. And it would need to be eternal spring, a warm and endless spring.”
- 1. The tablecloth is very important. I find white a very demanding colour when it is not on the walls. I feel scared of offices. They send me into a panic. My writing desk should look like a pub table. That would be a pub writing desk. The greater the distance it maintains from an office, the better.
- 2. The chair is equally as important to her. This is a Danish rosewood and leather armchair. Anything is better than an office swivel chair.