Visit: 234 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Story by Rachel Schwartzmann – Shop Goods for the Study – Photos by Emma Jane Kepley for The Style Line
Goods For the Study is at the intersection of art
and design. Catering to a creative clientele, the shop offers an incredible assortment of goods ranging from quality pens, paper, notebooks, and office furnishings for those looking to craft a space that’s uniquely personal. Speaking more to the idea of curation, Sandeep Salter, the shop’s Partner and Managing Buyer, certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to appreciating the value that quality products add to our lives – especially in a digital age. Sandeep also contends that Goods for the Study’s penchant for thoughtful curation goes far beyond just pleasing our inner aesthete, but rather is about acknowledging the understanding that creating a productive workspace is not a one a size fits all process. As she mentioned in our interview below, “People operate in their own way and it depends what you’re doing – if you’re an artist you’re not going to have a workspace like a writer.”
This idea resonated deeply with us as we’ve witnessed this firsthand in our Studio Visits with creators across a myriad of industries, so we decided to delve deeper and sit down with Sandeep to learn more about her background and big-picture goals for Goods For the Study. Discover our full conversation below with Sandeep who shared more on how she expects the Goods For the Study brand to take shape featuring exclusive moments from our visit captured by Emma Jane Kepley for The Style Line.
THIS STORY WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER 2013 AND REFLECTS AN UPDATED INTRODUCTION AND LAYOUT
My name is Sandeep Salter and my background is in
artist’s books. I used to be the buyer for the [McNally Jackson] bookshop for art, design, and architecture. I was also a bibliographer at Printed Matter, then I moved on to the bookstore. So primarily my background is in the design and art fields.
How did you end up at Goods for the Study?
Sarah McNally and I partnered to open the shop. It was two years ago that we got the space. We had just been talking about how we really wanted this kind of a store. We didn’t know what it was going to be, but we got the space and jumped into it and thinking we would open something to do with stationary and office items. We also really wanted to send artwork and prints – So it kind of just formed itself organically and her and I just worked on the idea together. While the space was being built it became clear on what exactly what we wanted to do.
Outside of Goods for the Study what do you do to stay creative?
Designing. I used to paint, but since I had a kid I don’t do that anymore. So all of my creative energy goes into my domestic space and decorating our home. I spend a lot of time making a home environment beautiful. That’s where my creative energy is right now, creating an imaginative and beautiful place to grow up.
What do you think you should every artist or writer should have on their desk?
A notebook and a good pen.
What do you personally have on your desk?
Not much! My laptop, a notebook and a pen. I have a really nice round pen that I use – I don’t take like to take it out of the house!
Do you find it challenging to go back to the roots of pen and paper in a digital age?
No, I do most of my work by making lists and writing ideas on paper. For me, it’s much more natural to start working on paper and then to do administrative things on my computer. So, my process just naturally begins with a pen and paper.
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What is one question you wish people asked you more often?
[One question I wish people asked more often is in regards to] the artwork in here. That’s something we kind of started with and has become really integral to the business – the idea you can have artwork in your workspace for motivation. We’re opening a new shop next door, which is going to be solely for prints and artwork and editions and artists books. That’s our new project that Sarah and I have started and I’m really really excited about that!
Sarah comes from the literary world and so this has really become a collaboration between the art world and the book world – trying to make workspaces that fit those two aspects of our lives. It’s really a shop for art, so I suppose I would like people to notice the artwork in here – At first, I thought the art would be decorative and that we wouldn’t sell much artwork, but it’s actually been a part of why people come here. It’s really exciting and has moved us to open the shop next door.
How do you stay organized and what tips do you have for those wanting to have an organized workspace?
I’m a list-maker, and that’s like my number one organizational tip – Always write things down! I think also using different notebooks for different things to compartmentalize. I’m also a true believer in ink containers… putting things in other things! That’s one way to very easily [stay organized] – You don’t have to throw anything away and you don’t have to get rid of something to keep your workspace more organized. I think it’s really personal, someone doesn’t have to necessarily be super organized to have a working study-space. People operate in their own way and it depends what you’re doing – if you’re an artist you’re not going to have a workspace like a writer. I think everyone has to find their own thing, that’s what this store is for: Everyone finding their own way to style their workspace and it’s just about finding what works for you, rather than imposing an organization ideal upon a space then doesn’t function the way you want to. Use the right tools, and they’ll find their place.