Vadim Sherbakov – Moscow, Russia

Something I admire greatly, is when someone manages to create a blend of modern and vintage that really works. I saw this workspace on Dribbble, where it received a lot of love, and I knew it’d be the first post on Desk Inspire!

Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Vadim Sherbakov but I am better known by my project name – Madebyvadim. I am a freelance art-director specialising in web design and Ui/UX design for mobile applications. You can see my work on Behance and Dribbble.

I previously worked as a designer and later art-director in CG industry doing design/computer graphics for films, TV shows and advertising. In 2011 I started freelancing and released my first portfolio, which has been featured on Awwwards as a site of the day, and since then blessed with a clients and projects from all over the world.

How important is having a good workspace?
For me it is very important, since my space is setting the mood for myself and my work. To have a cool work space is like a good feeling about yourself and surroundings.
Your office has a lot of cool things inside it, has it been a case of building it up over time?
Yes. I love all things modern-vintage or vintage for that matter, as you probably guessed from my photos 🙂 I sell a few products on Creative Market (mockups and photos), so I love to photograph stuff and for that matter I buy a few things here and there what I find cool. That’s how my collection happens to be.
What do you use your setup mainly for?
I am a great believer in niche approach, meaning one person can be truly great at only one thing, so my setup is used only for what I do best: design and web/app design.
What’s the most important thing to you in a productive work environment?
My desk. I love it. It’s a custom built vintage wood & iron desk and I always feel great when I am working at it. I love music as well, so it’s important to have a great ambient music to work with. (Editor: Vadim is using a pair of Sennheiser Momentums which I also use and highly recommend).
Where did you get some of those cool pieces?
I like to shop online, I also like to find cool pieces in some shops around the world, for example my mousepad and table lamp is from Grovemade, my desk is custom made by local wood craft shop here in Moscow, the clock is from the Homeconcept (Russian) store. Other bits and pieces are from around the world – from Icelandic hipster shops to local Moscow markets.
Is your workspace purely work, or for play as well?
I am one of those people who do not like to play, unfortunately. So only work 🙂
7. What’s your favourite thing in the room?
The room itself I would say. But if I asked to take out only one thing, then perhaps the desk… yes desk 🙂
8. Describe your perfect workspace/office.
I am sitting in it 🙂

I’d like to thank Vadim for being the first of (hopefully) many to share some photos and words with Desk Inspire. His setup is truly a unique one, and I know everyone will be envious of that desk. Mixing modern and vintage doesn’t always work, but I feel it really works for this setup. I’m also a big fan of the Ikea Kallax (I have three!) and a small patriotic part of me loves the union jack draped across the sofa.

If you think your desk/office is inspiring, please get in touch!