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.

Patterns as a Visual Language

All over the world; pattern specifically, has and continues to play a vital part in most, if not all, cultures. Some of the most ancient of these cultures have taken the idea of simplistic geometric shapes combining them to form very complex patterns, to the absolute pinnacle of design. One might ask, “for what reason?” Other than they are beautiful to look at. I would suggest that these are marks, signatures, even records of important life events, much like an intuitive, yet visual language. Each design specific to the artist and reflecting their unique point of view. These designs are deeply personal, giving rise to the belief that the creation process is cathartic.

So given the current apocalyptic state of the world it is no surprise that this approach to design is making a return. Not that it ever is considered out of style for those people who lives and culture are founded in this ancient craft. These beautiful entrancingly kaleidoscopic designs evoke a history and memory of a time and place that appears to be in balance with nature, not at war with it. So as we move forward into the future it pays to remember the past, taking forth that which has brought us a sense of peace. Check out Balmain Resort’s 2015 stunning collection.