Big Apple. Bigger inspiration.
To stay at the forefront of interior design we have to always keep an eye on the big picture. It’s about finding the widest array of different approaches, about looking further afield for inspiration. But you can only gain so much from a screen or a page – sometimes it’s best to get up close and personal.
Such was the motivation behind a recent trip to New York, where Hildy Kovacs visited a number of different design and production locations. As a cultural capital of the United States the city is a vibrant mix of humanity, at once inspirational and confrontational.
“It certainly lived up to the expectations,” said Hildy. “It was totally stimulating for all the senses in the three short days I was there.”
The main purpose of the trip was to assess the direction of both residential and commercial furniture design across a far larger domestic market. Hildy said, “New York’s eclectic mix of cultures feed into an overall design pool that caters to a huge mix of tastes – but the challenge is to also design products that are comfortable for the majority of people.”
This isn’t obviously the only factor to consider. “Each design needs to satisfy the visual palate, easily work with all the other elements of a room or area and be individual and unique without restricting everyday use” said Hildy. “And it needs to be affordable too.”
Seeing the range of different approaches was also of great value to Hildy. “Visiting cities like New York gives you a taste of what can be achieved and to what level designers go to get there,” she said.
The trip also gave her the opportunity to gain inspiration from other cultural experiences. Be it the delicious New York restaurant scene, a trip to the Museum Of Modern Art or a Broadway show, she made the most of her stay in the Big Apple before the European leg of her research tour.