From Antoni Gaudi’s meticulous models of the Sagrada Familia to Le Corbusier’s deep connection with Purism, the studio of an artist or a designer can offer intimate glimpses into their personalities and creative processes. These sacred spaces evince a sense of genius that we see manifested into grand buildings, treasured art and iconic furniture. They raise questions and spark intrigue – Karl Lagerfeld’s complete espousal of the Memphis design movement for his apartment in Monaco may have been fleeting, but it offered a keen insight into the German designer’s artistic sensibilities. The cane chairs and classic terrazzo floors in MF Hussain’s Bombay home studio evoke a sense of shared nostalgia, which, for a moment, allow one to identify with the renowned artist. Frida Kahlo’s richness of spirit shines through the many paintings and figurines that feature in her workspace. Cramped, chaotic workrooms and sprawling ateliers alike have borne witness to these great artists and designers develop their styles, build their oeuvres, and leave behind legacies.
Here are some of the most iconic images of studios belonging to history’s greatest artists, architects and designers.