There’s no doubt that as a designer you need to keep your creative muscle exercised for it to work well.
One of the best ways to do this is to see as much good design as possible on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be garden related either, good designs of buildings, clothes or furniture is all inspiring.
Heaven for me recently was a visit to the V & A to see the Heatherwick Studio exhibition. I was there to meet my daughter and visit the ‘Ballgowns-British Glamour since 1950’ exhibition, so the Heatherwick was a real bonus.
Thomas Heatherwick has had a lot of recognition recently for the design of the Olympic cauldron, though his studio has been producing work since 1994.
I noticed his designs a few years ago with the opening of his design for the East Beach cafe at Littlehampton, Sussex.
He’s an example of how the most succesful designs start with an idea that’s refined and developed into a perfect, elegant solution, whether it’s a Christmas card, a chair, a bridge or building.
Try and see the exhibition at the V & A if you live anywhere near London, find out about it here.
The book at the top of the page is from the exhibition, it’s available through other sources as well as from the V & A.