Let The Beast Take Flight

let the beast take flight

The warmest of welcomes,

And thank you for taking the time to have a look at The Magpie Rooms, our site for all things design, architecture, art, and the thoughtfully random (magpie musings).  I hope that you stay awhile and that each visit leaves you with something to either think about or engages you enough to help further this lovely discussion that is design.

My name is Adam and I’m an interior architecture graduate that’s been out of uni for a year now after going back to study design after I hit my early 30’s.  Going back to study as a “mature student”, has had its joys and its pitfalls.  Exactly why I want to have a space where I can engage and enjoy with my fellow designers and design lovers, their stories, and what makes a great designer exactly that, great!

I’ve already crossed paths with a designer whose heart is as black as their designs, cluelessly looked into product design, (I’m still searching) and upped sticks and gone to see what there is to see in the great land that is China.  All under the moniker of “getting some experience”.

I look at all those job adverts that have an abundance of senior and intermediate roles advertised but nothing on the junior/graduate level and wonder how I’m going to get that 5 years experience that they so generously ask for.  Short of hanging in there like that beloved cat in a tree that everyone loves to look at, but not reach up and give a hand to, this blog will help all of us who feel that our claws are starting to give way, a place to cling in there that little bit longer.

70's Hang in there Kitty
70’s Hang in there Kitty

I’ve found one of the joys of having a healthy sense of adventure and finding myself on the other side of the world to not only my friends and family but anyone who speaks english, (my 10 Chinese words are slowly getting there) is that it’s allowed me the time to keep a journal of my travels and experience whilst I’m out here.  Something that I’d love to share with who ever will listen and for those of you who I pretty much just gabble at (you know who you are).

So please grab an ice cold coffee and stay awhile.  It’ll be great to hear what you have to think about anything that I’ve opened up for discussion, fallen in love with or have in the pipelines for you to possibly grab for yourself.

I leave you with this thought I absolutely loved from Lauren Lanker (great Marvel name) from thinking closet.com

‘We are more creative as a collective than the most creative in the collective’.


All images and illustrations belong to Adam Harper unless otherwise stated.