Inspiration has many origins and can be somewhat unpredictable. A great designer understands their inspirational source and becomes a conduit for the creativity to flow. The skill is in taking seemingly unrelated imagery and conceiving a new visual context that inspires a body of work.

Christopher Elliott is truly passionate about great design, continuously seeking and anticipating the current global trends and forecasts. This visual diary reflects products, styles and images that both inspire and guide Christopher’s work.

Matte is the new black!

Black is a design classic! Though it doesn’t always appear in the same way. The current preference is for black with a matte finish, like the charred remains of a fire. A matte texture softens the hard appearance that black can often have. Allowing it to sit beautifully with organic raw materials like wood and copper. It also seems to evoke a sense of history and masculinity, reminiscent of Victorian times when gentlemen’s fashion was dominated by black. I really like the way the finish is being used unexpectedly with these products, bringing a fresh approach to a design classic.