Inspiration can be found from all around and I love taking photos of anything which makes me smile or sparks an idea, from great spaces down to the tiny details.
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It's often a great idea to look back in history to see the design ideas that were prevalent then.
Victoria Quarter, Leeds is a great example of Victorian design and architecture. The fantastic domed ceilings with mulitple panes of glass were not used solely for decorative purposes but to maximise the amount of light which entered the building. Without the luxury of the extent of artificial lighting we rely on now, this was essential to harness as much natural light as they could.
I am always looking for ideas and inspiration when I'm out and about and have my phone at hand ready to take some snaps!
I love these tiles used on this bar in Headrow House, Leeds! The black and white geometric pattern is really eye catching which makes the bar a great feature in the space. The polished copper bar top makes a great accompaniment to the tiles and the copper colour really stands out against the black and white.
It's good to be bold in design, to create something eye catching, memorable and to push your ideas as a designer...within the clients' brief! But after all, that's our job, to offer inspired designs which work, look great and create spaces which people love to be in and use!
The way light enters a space is important, but it is also nice to look at the negative spaces which form from the fall of the shadows.
I took this photo on a recent visit to Tate Modern, Southbank, London. I loved the drama of the bright sunshine flooding in through the tall window panels throwing fingers of light into the vast Turbine Hall. The contrast of the light and shade added a drama to the feeling of being in this iconic building. The bright sunlight and the soft shadows, receding into the darker corners, actually subsequently defined areas within this space: visitors were subconsciuosly drawn to walk in the sunlit 'path' which had formed on the concrete floor, while people who wanted to sit or meet and chat, clustered in the darker shadowy spaces to the side. A great example of interesting ways to define areas within a space.
The feeling of a space is very important to my design and it's always important to consider how and who is going to be using it.
The Tanks at Tate Modern, Southbank, London, host a range of installations and interactive art. I loved the way the staircase sweeps down into the space, guiding and drawing you into the area. The curve of the concrete entices you down and adds to the feeling of anticipation as you can't see all the way round from the top; which also adds to the excitiemnt of what you might find!
If you're ever unsure what colours go well together, it's always a great idea to look at the colours which co-exist within the natural world!
I found this gorgeous plant growing in the Glass House at Kew Gardens, Kew, Surrey. recently and was immediately attracted by the vibrancy of the cerise against the buttery yellow and loved how the two bold colours melt into each other. These colours seemed to pop all the more against the backdrop of the lush green leaves. I also love the shape of the stalk, wiggling its' way to each fresh flower which has such a soft curve with what looks like a beak making it look like it could come alive!
Shape and form are important aspects to interior design and once again, nature is always a good example of what works well!
This tropical plant I found at Kew Gardens, Kew, Surrey and I loved the shape of these fantastic leaves, not just the sword shape leaves but also the overall fan shape. It illustrates that two opposites - thin and spiky as well as a soft curve - can work in harmony together!