I went with my friend to go talk to Dr. Ai the other day, and since she had the question, I had the liberty to look around the office a bit and enjoy the aesthetics.
Dr. Ai’s office is very organized. A place for everything and everything in its place. Some tasteful decorations of framed Chinese calligraphy and silk painting adorn the soothing, off-white walls. The wooden desk holds a glasses case, a computer prop-up, a business card rack, a coffee mug with writing instruments, and a wireless speaker set. Dr. Ai keeps his desk clean, and only has a stack of papers on it while he works on grading.
On the left side of the room as you enter, there’s a bookcase with the books mostly arranged by subject, and somewhat arranged by size. The bookcase is divided into three sections. Then there’s a shelf over some cabinets, probably with more books, but since they’re closed, I don’t know. The shelf has about six tastefully placed pieces of Chinese art. Two pieces of calligraphy and a laquerware plate are the most memorable.
Then there’s the center back of the room, with a window and some more tastefully arranged objects. There was a set of three flags, but to be honest, I don’t remember anything else. There are two deep chairs with red cushions and a coffee table with a book of photographs in the center of the room, away from the window.
On the right side of the room there is a bookcase full of old manga, an immaculate fish tank with guppies in it, a poster with the meaning of the SMART goal acronym, a mini fridge, and a boombox softly playing classical music.
The soft classical music is the cherry on the cake. The organization, the books inside, the guppy tank, and the art pieces all create the very picture of erudition.