LINDSEY ADELMAN designs and produces lighting in Manhattan. I recently visited her studio for Vogue Living Magazine. It’s an energetic studio, full of hustle and bustle, with a team of dedicated and enthusiastic makers, all bringing her creations to life.
HOW DOES THE CITY IN WHICH YOU LIVE INSPIRE YOU?
Things both right and wrong about NYC inspire me. I was born here and I am addicted. I like the rawness if you want it and that you can find a place to hide when it’s too much.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL WORKSPACE IN THREE WORDS.
Light, free, makes your headspace curious
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND IN YOUR SPACE?
A mink coat
DOES THE SPACE YOU WORK IN HAVE AN INTERESTING STORY?
it was a junkie rehab owned by the city before its current life.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN YOUR SPACE?
I do like having 4 walls and a door for the quiet when I need to think – but love going out to see 30 talented people working away on various phases of what we do on the same floor. We overlap a lot in music, eating, and not being too serious.
HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON THE LOCATION OF YOUR SPACE?
I like this neighborhood personally because of the lunch options and it’s easy to meet people after work or go to openings. I wanted everybody to be together, so we are all here. A manufacturing facility in NoHo decision didn’t have a lot of logic considered obviously.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
Excellent options for shopping, cocktails, and visiting friends; and easy access to almost all other neighborhoods.
WHAT CAN YOU SEE OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOWS?
The neighbors roof deck that reminds me how nice that would be.
DESCRIBE A REAL LIFE MUNDANE SITUATION THAT INSPIRES YOU!
When you step onto the platform and the F train pulls up.
WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE IN YOUR WORK?
Laying down a rational structure and watch things get out of control.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
The music video we just did. Time to do another.
FAVORITE SONG/BAND WHILE WORKING?
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN AND FROM WHOM?
A friend I used to teach with said to the students: “Do the best you can in the time that’s allowed.” Andrea Reggio. I use it almost every day.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHEN YOU’RE NOT CREATING?
WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ARTIST’S TOOL?
WHAT MINDSET/MOOD DO YOU MAKE YOUR BEST ART/WORK?
Not an option to wait for a mood – so I make it happen with music. From Jay Z to Peaches to Neil Young to Rush to Justin Timberlake. They kick my arse into getting down to business.