Monday, September 10, 2012
A Scrumdiddlyumptious Office
Of all the writing spaces I've posted, this lovely little writing shed with the big overstuffed chair might be one of the most iconic. I'm talking, of course, about Roald Dahl's office out in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.
Dahl, who would have turned 96 this Thursday, believed that a writer's office should be a sanctuary, a special place where he could shut out the world and focus on writing.
He surrounded himself with little drawings, mementos, objects with special significance and meaning, the more to help generate ideas and get him lost in his own imagination.
But, of course, he was also practical and paid special attention to comfort (note the handmade writing board on his lap and a pre-Snuggie sleeping bag to keep his legs warm).
Dahl's office has even been recreated in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center in Buckinghamshire, which also features a 360-degree virtual tour.
So we have:
-a garden shed
-an overstuffed yellow armchair
-personal sleeping bag for cold days
-walls covered in whimsical drawings
Pretty much every author's dream office...