Source of Inspiration

By: Susan Hashimoto, Creative Director

Where do you get your creative inspirations from? Designers in general, whether it’s in architectural, interior, product, graphic, or media, one will appreciate the value of inspirations to get the creative juices flowing. An inspiration can come from just about anywhere, such as nature, architecture, travel, city streets, books and magazines, or simply browsing the internet.

My personal favorite sources come from art books and visiting art galleries, which can also be viewed online. Nothing beats actually visiting beautifully curated museums to ponder the artistry of the master greats, but there is also the convenience and relaxation of sipping a cup of coffee or tea in your favorite chair viewing some of the best online art galleries. Some of the best art online galleries can be found here.

A famous Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, whose art can be found at fine art galleries, is often referenced from his series of Composition and Tableau, that display several panels of repeating colors outlined with horizontal and vertical black lines, placed harmoniously on the canvas.

For centuries, Mondrian’s work has been influencing pop culture in fashion, architecture, and music.  Sleek Magazine explains how his art changed the course of pop culture.

The Mondrian Dress by Yves Saint Laurant (1965) and Prada’s AW collection (2011), courtesy of Gemeente Museum Den Haag

Rumyantsevo Station in Moscow, courtesy of Lebedev Studio

Product designs from Claridge also reflect the Mondrian influence, incorporating writing and tacking surfaces on wall-mounted boards. Modular designs with colored panels separated by distinct frames make up the Tableau modular board.

The Tableau board combines writable and tackable surfaces in repeating colors to create one continuous board.

In a digital world, searching for inspiration may be easier browsing the internet, but sometimes fresh perspectives are sparked from unexpected places. It may be a stroll outside or a visit to the marketplace. A step outside of your regular routine could open up inspirations in view of patterns, colors, or compositions. So gather up your inspirations and share your ideas on a Claridge markerboard or tack board with your collaborative team.

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