Volkmann notes that stusu is conscious of the individual needs of artists, and thus aims to represent a variety of flexible spaces, rather than being limited to the classic, traditional concept of an artist studio—four walls, high ceilings, large windows.
The site also covers a wide geographic span, especially considering the modest number of studios on the site. While the founders have put a concerted effort into developing a presence in New York and Berlin (each city has over 100 studios listed), a plethora of cities are represented on the site, from Chicago to Cape Town, São Paulo to Singapore.
In New York at present, for example, one can find anything from a 75-square-foot shared space
in Industry City for $308 per month, to a private, 475-square-foot photography studio
in the West Village for $530 per day. In Berlin, options range from a desk in a Neukölln shared studio
for under $5 per day for 90 days, to a sprawling, sun-drenched, 1,450-square-foot studio
in Friedrichshain that can be used for filming, photo shoots, workshops, or castings, for around $470 per day.
Meanwhile, in Cape Town, an artist can rent out a 323-square-foot space
on the premises of a business for approximately $303 per month. For those heading to São Paulo, there’s a 130-square-foot studio
on the 22nd floor of Oscar Niemeyer’s famed Copan building for $35 per day. In Singapore, there’s an artist homestay
available, including a 430-square-foot space for $71 per day. And for someone in search of spiritual inspiration in nature, in a Polish village some 30 meters from Krakow, there’s a 409-square-foot yurt
(a circular Mongolian tent) going for €25 per day.
Volkmann emphasizes the artist-first, communal nature of the site, which she and Dereich have developed through first-hand experience. “Most of our feedback comes from artists, who immediately see the purpose and value of our website,” she says. “Stusu is an initiative from artists, for artists.”