CPD Inspiration

I thought it would be a good idea to document anything that I find inspirational here.

The weathering on this metal drain cover in Portugal! I love the colours and pattern created through this natural process.


The sculpture work of Tony Cragg. I visited an exhibition of his work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I was particularly inspired by his use of every day objects to create sculptures, such as the one below – made from thousands of dice!


Water forms – Sheffield Station. The beautiful patterns created on the water outside of Sheffield station, and the light they capture, make this such a peaceful stations to sit outside of, despite it being pretty busy!


Iyama Design tape installation

The use of this everyday object to create such a visually stunning exhibition really appeals to me.


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Jason deCaires Taylor – Underwater Sculptures

‘a new generation of artists has emerged that place environmentalism at the forefront of their practice’ (from here). Jason deCaire’s sculpures to me bring together the two key component of good design – use and beauty.  They act as a tool to educate visitors about environmental damage to the oceans and provide an environment for coral reefs to form. As an aesthetic experience they are incredibly other-worldly. They ‘truly allow you to step out of your daily life and enter an entirely different reality’ (from here)


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The use of this vibrant yellow on elements of the structure in an otherwise completely white space in this airport in Portugal.


The Brutalist Playground – Exhibition looking at post war play


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Pop Art: ‘Pop art sculpture employed mass produced objects or used them as inspiration – it depicted everyday objects, sometimes banal, in a recognisable fashion: often oversized or made of unlikely materials.’ (from here).

Since visiting exhibitions in Germany in the late 1990s I have loved the use of everyday, or unexpected, objects and materials in art. I love the work of Claes Oldenburg in particular, and find his gigantic sculptures of every day objects so appealing and so much fun!

Memphis Group

The Campana Brothersand here, their design of a hotel interior here.


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I love the work of the Campana brothers. To me they have pushed the boundaries of what good design is.  It can be  very silly, and probably not all that practical! (I can’t imagine any of the children I know not absolutely loving the sofa above, but imagine trying to clean it!). An extreme sense of fun permeates their work,  and again, their use of readymade objects to create some of their pieces is something that very much appeals to me. There must be hundreds of thousands (millions?) of pre-loved soft toys just waiting to be recycled into a Campana chair!

El Anatsui Artwork


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A continuation with my fascination of recycling every day objects in art! El Anatsui’s uses what would otherwise be waste materials in his pieces:

‘ he has shaped found materials that range from cassava graters, railway sleepers, driftwood, iron nails and obituary printing plates, aluminium bottle-tops, etc. to create a wide variety of novel sculptural forms.’ (from here)

El Anatsui’s work draws our attention to environmental concerns and also demonstrates the beauty that can be found in what would otherwise be simply thrown away.

Huang Xu Artwork

Minature design classics

Singapore’s Supertrees


Models of Luis Barragan’s architecture photographed by James Casebere

Pantone’s Greenery themed space 


Calvin Seibert’s Modernist Sandcastles


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