Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Parisian + Scandinavian

minimalist. minimalist. minimalist...

Are you as tired of this adjective as I am? Although I believe that good design uses a minimum amount of materials to achieve maximum impact... sometimes in order to be impactful or different or original you have to step outside the box that, here in Dallas, is referred to as "Zen-like"...

According to the philospher/Buddhist teacher Chogyum Trungpa Rinpoche, Americans really missed the boat on zen. In his book, Meditation in Action, he especially notes that Zen philosophy developed as a way to take you down to your base senses. In order to do this all sense of stimuli is removed so that you can get down to your basic, boring existence. From pure boredom you reach a stepping-off point for true inner development. Zen was never meant to be a microchasm of fascinating design techniques and lifestyle advice.

Now... does pure boredom sound like the tone you want to set for your next event? Do you want your guests to be unimpressed, unengaged and uninterested? I think not.

This is why I am pushing a new design trend that calls for color, form, and sensible taste. I haven't coined a term for this type of design yet, but it draws heavily from the inspiration of Scandinavian lighting design, traditional Parisian floral design, and Asian micro-trends.

Here are a few inspirational pics... that I think could be translated into an event schema or floral installation.

Tell me a captivating, powerful idea lies within this photo collage!

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