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.

Yabu Pushelberg Design Studio

I recently discovered this formidable design studio, Yabu Pushelberg, based in Toronto by founding partners; George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg. Let’s just say I have design envy! Their work is undeniably brilliant, regardless of your personal taste. The level of detail and execution exhibited in their projects is exceptional, and I am in awe of their work. However, their designs are far beyond the reach of most, but there are some design cues that can be transposed for more accessible design. So here are my ‘take-away’ tips.

1. Layering – Layering of sumptuous materials; natural stone, metal and timber adds warmth to a space. 2. Colour Palette – A subdued colour palette creates a sense of timeless elegance. 3. Simplicity – Keep the design simple but use unique details to create interest. 4. Geometry – Bold geometric shapes give strength to a design. 5. Unexpected – Create character with the use of unexpected and unique elements in a design.