“I never would have thought of that.” Heard it before? While most of us might admit to a creative deficiency, Designers do not. Their imagination may be the most luxurious aspect of design, and the most worthy of their clients' praise and price.
Looking back through the last few blog postings, we have dissected a new definition of luxury examining the meaning of each word. “Luxury is an intimate and exclusive experience with time, quality and imagination.” I believe the same applies to the experience of interior design.
Imagination distinguishes design, but what inspires imagination? Cary Kravet introduced in the company’s book Inspired Styles, the essential question - “Artists inspire us, but who (or what) inspires the artists - especially the artists of interior design?” He went on to compliment the special kind of talent that is energized by imagination like nourishment so that others can appreciate it.
I wonder too what imagination is...
What is its source, its genesis? What is yours? Is it knowledge, experience, spiritual awakening, or some creative alchemy that combines all that and more? Dominique Browning cited two sources in her Forward to Inspired Styles - Dreams and Research. I always agree with Dominique, and find that by mixing dreams and research together (left brain and right brain), a ‘big-bang’ erupts and…voila - imagination. But we still wonder where the spark comes from, don’t we?
How does inspiration become imagination, and then become creativity, fashion or design? I am inspired by your imagination, but where do you find inspiration? Who inspires your imagination - a musician, lover, collector, client and co-creator? Yves St. Laurent imagined what his muses Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux should wear and created timeless design for the world’s most fashionable women.
When does it happen - while you are determined at your drawing board, or spontaneously when your senses are finely-tuned to the glimpse, touch, or sensation?
Where do you find it - on the beach, in the glossy pages of books and magazines, in the shower, at a museum, concert or garden? Or rummaging through history’s closet for familiar motifs to be reinterpreted in modern ways? Will going shopping do it? How about visiting New York? We are working on giving you a really inspiring reason to come soon.
How do designers store the evidence of their imagination? The scrapbooks, sketches, pin-ups and fragments are evidently so ubiquitous.
Eventually order is organized from chaos. The visual, emotional, functional, and sensual cues get connected in mysterious ways. Fresh approaches to scale and proportion, color and pattern, craft and construction coalesce, and become harmonized.
“I never would have thought of that.” Designers do. And what a gift for us. Pure luxury.
Inspired? Talk below. Share with us your sources of inspiration. Where does your imagination come from? What happens when you draw on it to design, and create the luxurious value of interior design? How do your clients feel?