Interior Design Master Class | Inspiration
Books are absolutely my weakness. I don't have a lot of space to keep them in, so I try to only buy physical books when they really speak to me. Although, I will say, they speak to me quite often. I just purchased Carl Dellatore's Interior Design Master Class and it is an absolute treasure trove of information. It consists of essays of 100 top names in the field on subjects broken down into the broad categories of theory, structure, style, process, elements, and inspiration.
Upon flipping through this morning, I went to Thomas Pheasant's essay on inspiration. He is quick to distinguish the difference between inspiration and just copying something that already exists. He writes, "Taking a photo of a chair and sending it to a workroom to be reproduced is just that, reproduction... On the other hand, to be inspired is to study this chair and really look to see what makes it so special... Now take the elements you find interesting and use this understanding to create a chair that is new but has a vital connection to the source of inspiration." I think this is such an important distinction. Borrowing/stealing ideas in interior design isn't all bad because the reality so often turns out to be entirely different from the original source. However, when taken too far, copying design elements in a literal way might seem like the quick and easy solution to a design dilemma, but it does the designer and client a disservice in the long-run. Taking on a design challenge in a thoughtful way instead of going for the cheap solution will have a better end result. It just might take a little more of that most precious commodity: time.