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.

Heavy Metal

If you have been stranded in a desert or marooned on an island then you can be excused for not knowing that copper is hot right now! It seems everything is available in copper but I particularly love designs that combine copper with marble. The precious metallic lustre of copper with the cool dense matte finish of marble, is timeless. Copper and marble are pure raw materials that historically have been used to create magnificent sculptural statues and monuments. And so these materials have become synonymous with wealth, majesty, history and art. Undoubtedly they add a sense of luxury and evoke a natural understated quality. Contemporary designers are coming up with new ways to showcase these gorgeous materials and here are some of my favourite copper clad and marble made products.