August 6, 2011
Every once in a while in my design work I come across something that really blows me away — something that drives me to work harder, try something new, or think in a new way. It’s like a tiny explosion goes off in my brain, and then suddenly I snap back to reality, my focus sharpens, and my creative drive kicks into turbo mode. It’s these exciting moments of inspiration that keep me going and push me to be a better designer — and I absolutely love when they happen.
Below are some of the people and ideas that sparked my imagination this week and really got my creativity and productivity flowing. Hopefully you’ll find something that inspires you, too!
This documentary about Seattle-based architecture firm BUILD expresses beautifully of a lot of the things I love about being a designer – from being constantly “design conscious” to conceptions of people interacting with spaces. It reminded me why I love what I do, and really motivated me to put extra effort into my work these past few days. If you’re at all interested in architecture or design, I would highly recommend reading their blog, too.
The BMW Guggenheim Lab has stopped in New York City! I’ve recently developed a new interest in urban planning and design in the course of my lighting work, and this mobile lab that has set up shop on Houston St. downtown sounds like the perfect place to indulge in that interest. The structure of the lab is also interesting in and of itself — it’s a traveling classroom, lecture hall, and workshop for solving problems in the city. I’m thinking about heading downtown to a few events while it’s here. Watch the video to learn more.
I was fortunate enough this past weekend to have the free time to stand in line for over two hours to get in to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met — the verdict: totally worth it. First, the clothing was simply out of this world — I’d never seen anything like it before. Now I know fashion and lighting don’t seem like they have a lot in common, but the theatricality of McQueen’s style was absolutely an inspiration for me. The colors, textures, and shapes were a visual feast to behold. Here was a designer that stretched his ideas to their wildest ends — and people admired and respected him for it. Second, the exhibit environment was almost as dramatic as the clothing. Each line was showcased in a unique, I’d venture to say architectural, environment ranging from the concrete austerity you see above to environments incorporating holographs, mirrors, projections, turntables, and more. I only wish the lighting had done more to showcase the vibrant color of the clothing (most of it was lit in yellowed halogen lamps), but the impact of the environments in combination with the fashion more than made up for it. I’m sorry to say that it closes tomorrow, so if you haven’t been — GO NOW!
Finally, I ran across the website of Steven Harris Architects this week and I had to mention them for the stunning photography of their work. Check out their portfolio photos — the lighting is fantastic in all of them! Really a great showcase of how architecture and light can work together in harmony. Check it out!
That’s all for now — I hope to bring together more posts like this in the future. For more day-to-day inspirations and news follow me on Twitter!