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SANDEEP SALTER, PARTNER & DIRECTOR, GOODS FOR THE STUDY/PICTURE ROOM

Sandeep Salter is the partner and director of two of New York's most beautiful stores: Goods For The Study (purveyor of covetable work tools and artfully-crafted office furniture), and Picture Room (selling perfectly-curated prints at a wide spectrum of price points). She's also a mother, and one of my oldest friends in the world. In the week of Goods For The Study's second anniversary, Sandeep tells us how she Makes It Work. 

Photo by Chris Mottalini

Photo by Chris Mottalini

NAME

Sandeep Salter 

LOCATION

New York.

OCCUPATION

Partner / Director of McNally Jackson Store, Goods For The Study and Picture Room

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?

The freedom to make aesthetic decisions all day. To have access to institutions and artist’s studios and to find extraordinary works of art. I am lucky enough to work with objects and works of art that I love, that I chose because I love them, in an environment that I find so completely comfortable and inspiring. 

AND THE WORST?

Shipping. International shipping, domestic shipping. All of it. 

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT?

The creation of Goods For The Study and then Picture Room. I have poured my heart and energy into those shops. 

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU’D KNOW ABOUT YOUR CAREER OR INDUSTRY WHEN YOU WERE FIRST STARTING OUT?

I wish I had known a better contractor. I’m always looking for a better contractor. 

WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY UNIFORM CONSIST OF?

Comfortable shoes, usually jeans and a jumper, or if it’s summer, always a linen dress. 

THE INDISPENSABLE TOOL OF YOUR TRADE (EQUIPMENT/BOOK/SOFTWARE/PERSON)

Email, sketchbook and pencil. 

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?

Usually books, so the source is always changing. Right now I’m finding creative solace in Seth Price’s Folklore, Bernadette Corporation’s 2000 Wasted Years, and Axel Verwoort: Wabi Inspirations

WHO’S YOUR PROFESSIONAL HERO (AND WHY)?

My parents. They have been working together, balancing each-other creatively and practically, for over thirty years.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU’VE LEARNT ABOUT MONEY AND FINANCE?

Timing. Don’t always spend at once, buy at a pace that doesn’t strain your finances. Stagger payments and prioritize. 

HOW DO YOU STAY ORGANISED? ANY TIPS OR TRICKS OR ‘HACKS’ TO SHARE? 

To Do lists daily. I keep a to do list always going in my Drafts email folder so that it updates itself constantly on all my devices, and that way it’s always current and always accessible. 

HOW DO YOU WIND DOWN?

Being with my family. When I am with my family, I do not check my emails and I am solely with them. We don’t really wind down per se, we play, and read and go to the park... When I wind down I fall asleep.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

It will get done. There's no use stressing out about something when it goes wrong, or when you are running out of time. Just give it your attention and it will get done. Wisdom from my mother.

WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS?

To be content with one’s work.