Yet again, I’m honored to share with you another oh so creative individual, Victoria Vu. Victoria is a Graphic Designer and Architect! She runs the amazing shop, Paper & Type, (my two favorite things!) and creates and most beautifully designed pieces for her shop — plus, her workspace is equally excellent. Her space doubles as her living area, but the two flow together flawlessly. After you learn a little about her and her workspace in this week’s Spaces, head over and check out her work!
Tell us about yourself as a creative.
I run Paper & Type, a petite graphic design company. I create custom projects (invitations, mainly) as well as readymade stationery. These days I also work at a boutique architecture firm. We design small-scale buildings and spaces for creatives in east LA.
Describe your creative journey.
My love of paper goods developed early on. My dad opened a print shop when I was seven and I spent some of my childhood there helping out (often while on roller skates). I was certain I would one day take over the print shop, but I started to lean towards interior design, and it was architecture that piqued my interest when time came to apply for college. I loved it and stuck to it, but it had always been the visual presentation aspect of architecture – the graphic organization of boards and portfolios – that I enjoyed the most. Throughout the years I kept on with hand-making cards, and I had a chance to create invitations for some marrying friends. It wasn’t until the switch to a part-time architecture schedule did I decide to make my interest in stationery official, and Paper & Type was born in the spring of 2008.
Share a little bit about your space.
At the moment I rent a room of a house in Los Angeles. It is a light minty blue, and furnished with bits of red and with pieces collected over time, thrifted or inherited from friends. The room explodes in card stock and craft supplies whenever it gets to production time for projects and fairs, but for the moments in between I am fairly meticulous about filing things away and keeping the inspiration on my walls and desktop refreshed.
What’s your favorite thing about your space?
It is east-facing, so the morning light makes waking wonderful and creates a very pleasant space to work.
What’s one thing you think every creative needs in their space?
A place for everything and everything in its place.
*Photos by Victoria Vu