Tom is a Belgian designer who is really into waffles. He has been living and working in New York City for about three years.
Brooklyn, New York (UTC-05:00)
Photography: Tom Huveners, Christina Michelitsch
What are you doing during the day?
I work as a designer at Wednesday, a small agency with a focus on clients within the fashion industry.
What time do you usually get up?
There are days where I wake up at 7am, but I prefer to wake up around 8.15. Once I'm awake it's hard for me to fall asleep again but I'm always up to just lay around for another 5 minutes. I wouldn’t really call myself an early bird because I'm not one of those people who's able to go to the gym or go for a run in the morning.
How does your alarm sound?
It’s the standard iPhone alarm sound. Super annoying, but I think that’s what an alarm has to be.
What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Turn on some music to get in a better mood because I’m the worst person in the morning. I am not much of a talker so the first couple of hours of the day you won't hear me say a lot besides "Where's the fucking L train".
Coffee or tea?
Tea is my go to drink! If I wake up before 8, I drink a mixed fruit tea at home. If I wake up after 8, I go get a Green Tea at the cafe around the corner or when I'm really late I just get an Earl Grey at work, so the kind of Tea I drink kind of depends on how much time I have in the morning, haha. I don't drink coffee that often, but when I do, you'll find me at Stumptown around 3pm for a cappuccino with whipped cream.
Do you like having breakfast? And what do you have?
I don’t have breakfast every day, but when I do it’s either a toast, some cornflakes or a waffle from Wafels and Dinges (Liege Waffle with banana, strawberry, Nutella, and whipped cream).
Do you think you get enough sleep?
I think I do.
Would you describe yourself as a good sleeper?
Yes and No. No, because I wake up from the smallest noise and when I drink apple juice, well…I just can’t sleep. Yes, because when there is no noise that wakes me up I’m the happiest person.
Where do you sleep best?
My own bed, back at home in Belgium.
What are the things you need for a good sleep?
No annoying noises, the other side of the pillow, you know… the one that’s still cold and fresh, and no worries, I sleep really bad when I’m worried and thinking too much.
Have you ever used an app to track your sleep?
Yes - Sleep Cycle.
Do you remember your dreams?
Generally I don’t. But I have this one dream from my childhood which still pops up every now and then.
Do you care about what you wear for sleeping?
A tshirt and my boxers are fine. In the middle of the winter maybe some long johns.
Describe your bed in 3 words.
Made in Sweden.
What is the most special place you’ve ever fallen asleep.
The most special place to me, is falling asleep next to someone you love. There’s that certain notion of intimacy, trust and warmth that you have to open up for, and I think that is quite special to me. Does that count?
What do you want to dream about tonight?
I think some dreams are meant to stay private ;)
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