This week S. Baird Design is seeking geometric inspiration and we're heading back to our well of artistic influences in search for direction. Dan Flavin's use of grids and strong polygonal shapes are a wealth of inspiration when looking for design direction. Whether we're working on tile patterns for a client's bathroom, planning a coffered ceiling, laying a new floor for a local restaurant, or drawing up a kitchen cabinet configuration, we're always on the hunt for an artistic framework to inform and add context to our designs.
Bold geometric shapes and forms are often employed in modern and contemporary spaces (check out the work of Studiopepe below) to great success. That said, oftentimes the most exciting designs come from knowing when to break those rules. The Trocadero Apartment created by Rodolphe Parente (above) is a prime example of meshing design principals across genres and using strong geometric shapes (conical table base paired with an octagonally coffered ceiling!) in place of a more traditional design solution.
The kitchen in the stunning renovation of The Workstead House in Charelston, SC (below) is another sneaky example of drawing in strong geometric shapes to soften a classic Southern Colonial row house. A trio of round design elements (large round island, rounded velvet stool, and singular globe) anchors the room, creating a sense of balance and harmony that allows the surrounding textures to pop.