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.

Sofa Trends

Aren’t we all just sick of our sofas looking like boring square boxes wrapped in fabric? The description may be a little simplistic, but the reality is not far from it. As a designer, I have seen plenty of sofa designs and there are only a few classic shapes, many of which are based on a rectangle, and I am just a little bit bored with that idea. So I am happy to see that a strong design trend with sofas is to be anything but square. Rather the look is sculptured organic forms, which are moulded to hug your body, providing that “perfect” individualised comfort. The new style is lighter, designs float on timber legs or steel frames and gone is the cumbersome boxy look, that these days just seems crude and unrefined. Given most sofas are essentially one of the largest pieces of furniture in people’s home, it makes sense that it should also be a thing of beauty. These current designs are like elegant useable art forms, taking centre stage in our living rooms. Here a few designs that are capturing my interest.




(Image source: Dulux; Photographer: Lisa Cohen)