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Design Inspiration: Barbara Barry

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Last week, I attended the Design Bloggers Conference in efforts to bring you better dispatches form the modern design world. There were many inspirational speakers, designers, and bloggers at the conference, but one of the design inspiration high points was a talk by Barbara Barry in which she explained her design aesthetic and read excerpts from [...]




 

 

Last week, I attended the Design Bloggers Conference in efforts to bring you better dispatches form the modern design world. There were many inspirational speakers, designers, and bloggers at the conference, but one of the design inspiration high points was a talk by Barbara Barry in which she explained her design aesthetic and read excerpts from her book “Around Beauty.”

Barry is an artist. She showed images of interiors, products, and inspirations and spoke of her craft as an art form. Finding inspiration in nature and in the beauty she witnesses, she notices the details in the everyday and uses watercolors to bring her design to life.

design inspiration with aloe leaves and aloe leaf plates

I was so drawn to Barry’s aloe leaf plates, which were inspired by the imprints aloe leaves make on each other before they grow off the central stalk. These plates are a true testament to Barry’s desire to take the beauty in the every day and translate it into beautiful products and designs for everyday use. They remind us to slow down and enjoy the beauty of nature and see it reflected in the products and designs that surround us.

design inspiration from a crowded desk

Barry’s propensity to actually notice, observe, and engage with the every day is manifest in the way she communicates her designs to clients. When she does, she starts with a white space, layering in elements of the design like a slide show. She wants her clients to digest the images and inspirations she presents so they will not only see, but also feel and understand the mood of her vision.

Malibu Beach design inspiration

Her unveiling of her vision is one that is not only worthy of consideration by designers, but also one that we should consider when designing our own living spaces. Imagine how people will feel when entering your design or your home. What mood does it set? How are favorite pieces highlighted? Take, for example, the photo above. The Malibu Beach surroundings are reflected in the cool colors, soft textures, and organic patterns used in the design.

Barry’s mantras of “mood is a world I live in and revolve around” and “beauty is always in” are evident in her designs. She creates complex designs, yet because they draw on moods reflective of their surroundings, her designs attract the viewer to them and inspire with simple beauty.


 

 

 
 
 

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