Design inspiration from Spain and Portugal
Travel is a great way to get inspired in any profession. As a designer, I find that visiting new and unique places invigorates my passion exponentially. Europe has always been one of my favourite destinations; endless artistic history and crazy creative uses for small (and strange) spaces- what is not to love? Here are 3 (of the many) design lessons I learned during my recent trip to Spain and Portugal
- What we think is a new idea is often not a new idea. Typography as pattern has been a trend for many years now, but I think we can safely say that Architect Antonio Gaudi was ahead of his time on this one. Below, left are the doors to the Sagrada Familia church, which began construction in 1882.
- Great design is about the way that the space is experienced. Take this controversial structure in Sevilla, Spain. Metropol Parasol or “Las setas,” (giant mushrooms, as it is lovingly-or not so lovingly called by the locals) is a design feat to say the least. It claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world, but most impressively offers a viewing experience of the city that is truly unique. Visitors enjoy views beneath, above and amongst Seville’s skyline while following the structures path. I must admit that I preferred this experience to the typically crowded bird’s eye viewing platform we normally see in major cities.
- Marble (and apparently stunning tile) was once a “poor man’s,” material choice in Portugal. This does make sense, considering that it often feels as though the entire country is clad in a combination of beautiful marble and intricately painted tile. This is hard to imagine given how popular and expensive these materials have become in recent years, but it is true. I took way too many photos of this!