WeTransfer Studios x The Clio Awards: Dream Workplace

WeTransfer Studios partnered with the Clio Awards to explore how and where creatives work best. Rather than another studio visit feature, we asked five creatives around the world to describe their dream workplace, which illustrator Owen Gatley brought to life for us.  


Nelly Ben Hayoun is an artist and filmmaker once described as “the Willy Wonka of design and science.” Fascinated by the furthest reaches of the world – from outer space to the depths of the oceans – her work is daring, ambitious and utterly unique. Her latest venture, the University of the Underground, is a new type of degree course that uses creative thinking to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems.  

"I know that creativity is not a linear process, and accepting that chaotic approach right from the start has made things less stressful over the years. It’s about never compromising, and being aware that you need to prepare and train mentally and physically for whatever is around the corner. Being a creative is about being very disciplined with yourself and others in order to achieve that human magic."

"My dream workspace should be permanently mobile, a living Noah's Ark divided into:

i) Laboratory and experimental studio

ii) Wet space for scuba gear and samples 

iii) Kitchen and living room 

iv) Library 

v) Dance floor 

vi) Painting and color studio 

vii) Antenna for SETI signals, with direct lift access to the internet cable of the world, 11km underwater"

"On board I will have a pirate radio, an option to buy stocks and modify economic models."

"I need a partner in crime in all projects, it can be a sociologist, a radio presenter, an artist, a fireman, or a playwright etc."

"I have two type of people; the living partners in crime and the dead partners in crime. With the dead ones, they inspire me and I enjoy imagining what they would have done if they were in my position; for example existentialist Jean Paul Sartre and his girlfriend Simone De Beauvoir, political philosopher Hannah Arendt, poet Boris Vian, dramaturge Antonin Artaud, chemist Marie Curie."

"Then there are the other experts who I have worked with on projects like Space Viking and the International Space Orchestra – biologists and physicists and all sorts of others. I’d of course take my family too – so I need a big boat!"



See the rest of the "Dream Workspace" series at WeTransfer's "This Works."