John Storyk, the founding father of WSDG, an acoustic consulting and A/V integration agency, is a legend within the music world. He’s a world-class architect and acoustic designer whose constructed recording studios for everybody from Jimi Hendrix to Jay-Z.
As somebody whose constructed greater than 4,000 audio/video studios, he is aware of a factor or two about getting a undertaking began, getting over the wall, and seeing a imaginative and prescient come to life.
Storyk’s a type of enigmatic and great individuals with one foot planted firmly on the planet of engineering and craftsmanship, and the opposite kicking dandelions in a world of artwork and fervour. He talks concerning the architects who’ve impressed him – Frederick Keisler, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Cobusier – with the reverence of a storyteller. However in terms of his course of, his tone is extra analytical:
You may both await a lightning bolt — you’ll be able to stand outdoors within the rain and attempt to appeal to one, there’s nothing incorrect with that – or you’ll be able to nibble at it from the underside. Good questions convey good solutions, so that you begin asking questions and the solutions will inform you what to do.
He instructed TNW he was engaged on a brand new undertaking and had run up in opposition to a wall, a type of design issues you simply have to consider till you work it out. We requested him how he normally works by these ache factors, he chuckled:
I don’t actually take into consideration anything. I simply determine it out. I get grumpy, everyone – particularly my spouse – is aware of. I get distracted. However I’ll determine it out. I’ll determine how I need the rooms to come back collectively and it’ll all click on.
Storyk’s 73 years previous, however it’s apparent that keenness retains him younger. He talks about proudly owning houses in three totally different international locations and dealing for legendary musicians with the identical gravitas as enjoying softball or sketching designs by hand. He lives within the second:
Time goes by at precisely the appropriate velocity. I don’t subscribe to this concept that point flies. I don’t have issues I remorse – nicely, I’ll inform you: final night time through the 7th inning I did want I used to be youthful. However in any other case, I don’t fear about that.
All issues thought of, Storyk‘s philosophy on design appears to be easy:
It’s easy. I don’t know every other technique to do issues. You simply begin asking questions, a few of them could have solutions. How loud are you going to be? How loud are your neighbors? A few of them received’t, and that’s positive. You reply these questions by answering the earlier ones.
The method stays the identical. In case you’re a contractor constructing a 10,000 sq. foot constructing otherwise you’re a designer making a customized $10,000 piece of furnishings, the method continues to be the identical.
Not everybody has a meticulous thoughts for the sort of particulars that an architect of Storyk‘s calibur has, however it’s even rarer that such a detail-oriented thoughts has such artistic gadget. We requested what it’s prefer to mentally trip the road between STEM and artwork, however his solely clarification was “it’s simply what I do.” Maybe that explains why he has no plans of stopping anytime quickly.
Some ten minutes after our interview was scheduled to finish, he let TNW hearken to the music he was enjoying earlier than our name — a rocking tune from “Little Feat.” After just a few seconds he tells us, “all I ever wished was to play the piano like that.”
But when requested why he doesn’t cease designing and go play the piano or trip off into the sundown, he solutions with out hesitation:
It’s the factor I’m greatest at. That’s the one reply. I like the piano, I play twenty minutes on a regular basis. However what I do isn’t actually work to me. It’s not one thing I wish to cease doing, I get pleasure from it.
No person, not even John Storyk, can inform you tips on how to design like John Storyk. However in accordance with him: whether or not you’re a novice or a grasp, the method is identical. You’ll simply need to give you your personal ardour.