Category Archives: Design Inspiration

Design Inspiration: Winter in Paris

Happy Friday! In the midst of preparing for studio reviews and the holidays, it’s time for a visual vacation.

This video was filmed during the winter season in Paris, the time when most of the tourists are gone and its architecture can be experienced in a way that many people never see.


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Design Inspiration: Swedish Emporia Shopping Center

Discovered on, the Emporia Shopping Center in Malmo, Sweden is not your ordinary mall.

Consisting of a curvilinear golden glass that stretches across a grid-like structure, the facade of the Emporia Shopping Center is designed to welcome people inside while also allowing daylight to enter in the courtyard. Once inside, visitors can experience three levels of shopping as well as atriums in bolds colors like red, blue, and green. They even can utilize the park that exists on the roof’s structure. Check out photos below!




All photos are courtesy of Dezeen. To find out more about the project, click here. Have a great weekend!

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Design Inspiration: Nightvision

Nightvision is the result of director Luke Shepard’s travels across Europe, capturing a variety of some of the most stunning structures across the continent to date. The video was made through thousands of photos strung together in post production with the goal to inspire appreciation for these architectural masterpieces.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Design Inspiration: Barcelona Kaleido-Lapse

See the beautiful design of Barcelona in a whole new way – time lapse sequences with a kaleidoscopic effect.

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Design Inspiration: Skype’s North American Headquarters

This week’s inspiration post might be especially insightful for seniors who are studying workplace design in their INT464 studio class this semester. The office of Skype’s North American Headquarters is located in Palo Alto, California, and it is comprised of 54,000 square feet, which serves approximately 250 employees. According to Design Blitz, the campus demonstrates Skype’s “spirit of innovation in a highly functional yet creative workplace designed to encourage interaction and spontaneity, as well as meet specific acoustic requirements in support of their extensive use of AV.”

In addition, the project also received LEED Silver Certification, making the space innovative both inside and out with its energy efficiency and high tech atmosphere. Check out photos below:


All photos are courtesy of Design Blitz. For more information on the project, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Design Inspiration: Kinetic Rain

In July of 2012, the sculpture “Kinetic Rain” was unveiled at Terminal 1 of the Singapore Changi Airport. Designed by ART+COM, the piece consists of 608 droplets, which are installed above two central escalators. The droplets are made up of lightweight aluminum and are covered in copper. Attached to each droplet is a very thin steel rope that is connected to a computer-controlled motor, allowing it to move up and down to take part in a 15-minute choreography sequence. The visual experience of the choreography varies depending on the perspective of the visitor’s point of view.

To learn more about the piece, click here. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Design Inspiration: Royal Children’s Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia redefines healthcare design by incorporating the natural landscape into the space as well as appreciating the healthy psychological effects that art has on children.

Bates-Smart-Billard-Leece-Royal-Childrens-Hospital-1 Colorful, sun-shading petals make up the facade.

A giant fish tank serves as a wayfinding marker and a visually pleasing source of nature.

Designed distractions help patients enjoy their hospital stay.

For more information and images on the project, check out an article about it by the Australian Design Review.

Happy Friday! Don’t forget, Beaux Arts Ball is tomorrow night at Bad Mother Cluckers at 8 p.m. See you there!

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Design Inspiration: Shore Hotel by Gensler

Two motels on the waterfront in Santa Monica, California recently received a face lift by Gensler.

“Replacing two aging motels, the Shore Hotel boasts 164 moderately-priced guest rooms in two buildings connected by a bridge. The design team’s vision blends the natural landcape and vibrant urban life, taking in the beauty of the sea and embracing the pedestrian activities of the area. A metal-clad trellis over the street side of the courtyard unifies the two wings of the main building, creating an outdoor living room. The lobby walls pay tribute to the beach, while floor-to-ceiling glass sliders maximize transparency. This LEED® Gold certified project completes the profile of Santa Monica’s scenic oceanfront street.” – Shaw Contract Group

Happy Friday!

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Design Inspiration: Wunderbar at W Montreal


W Hotels have a distinct reputation for their innovative interior design, and the W Montreal is no exception. Wunderbar at the W Montreal features a modern interpretation by BPC of Montreal’s four seasons, made up a wall-to-ceiling light fixtures of curvilinear forms. The forms can be lit up to a multitude of colors that complement the DJ’s music or they can be subdued to a monochromatic scheme. The furniture is simple and sleek to let the light forms be the focus of the room. See more photos below:


All photos courtesy of Inthralld. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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Design Inspiration: Anglican Church Turned Into Modern Home


An Anglican church in Melbourne, Australia has recently received a face-lift by Bagnato Architects. Built in 1892, has been transformed into a contemporary home through the use of floor to ceiling windows and state-of-the-art fixtures and appliances, as well as luxurious finishes such as onyx, limestone, and marble. The project was completed in 2012 and contains five bedrooms, a large kitchen and dining room, lounge areas, and a bright living room with the addition of a swimming pool just steps away outside.






All images courtesy of For more details and pictures on this project, click here. See you at our Portfolio Workshop tonight!

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Design Inspiration: Cairo Expo City by Zaha Hadid Architects

After presenting their design of the new Cairo Expo City to the Egyptian Prime Minister, Zaha Hadid Architects were announced as the designers for the project in 2009. The Cairo Expo City, which is set to be completed in 2014, will feature a 450,000 square meter city that encompasses areas for conferences, hotels, offices, and shopping centers. Situated directly between central Cairo and its airport, the Expo City will meet the city’s high demand for international conferences and will be able to host a large variety of events.

The design of the Expo City was inspired by the topography of the Nile River. According to Zaha Hadid Architects, the “natural confluence patterns of the Nile delta inspire [their] proposal for an ‘exhibition and conference city’ for Cairo – with a central ‘river’ and extending ‘tributaries’ explored to define circulation and the nature of clustered buildings – each with its own mass, all relating to an overall vision.”

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Design Inspiration: 29 Ways To Stay Creative

The first week back to school from any break can be a tough one. Whether you’re having designer’s block or are needing a bit of motivation to get back to your studio routine, here are 29 tips to sharpen your creative groove.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Design Inspiration: Adobe Campus

Ever wondered what the offices of Adobe Systems looked like? The company that brought us Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and much more has a new contemporary workplace in Utah just 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. The Adobe Campus, which opened in January 2013, encompasses 280,000 square feet of office space that includes a gym, basketball courts, ping pong & pool tables, as well as an organic cafe.

Have a wonderful spring break!

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Design Inspiration: London Water Tower Residence

The third-year interior design students may find this particularly inspiring as they design community centers based on the historic Tempe Hardware building this semester.

Discovered on, this 99-foot tall building with a huge steel water tower was purchased in 2008 and transformed into a luxury home. The original brick of the building combined with the modern interiors and sleek additions resulted in a very successful historic renovation.







All photos courtesy of Don’t forget to attend our portfolio workshop TONIGHT at 6:30 on the Bridge. See you there!

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Design Inspiration: A Shape-Shifting House

Found on, the architecture firm Olson Kundig created a home that “allows residents to be as integrated or removed from nature as they’d like to be.” The Shadowboxx House, nestled in the San Juan Islands in Washington, features shutters that can be folded down to protect the home from the cold, or held up to reveal a retractable glass wall. This stop-motion video demonstrates just how adaptable the design of Shadowboxx is, as if it were a “kinetic sculpture built for living.”

Shadowboxx from Olson Kundig Architects on Vimeo.

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Design Inspiration: Triennale Design Museum

Discovered on, a Milan design firm, Studio Fabio Novembre, created an exhibition for the 5th edition of the Triennale Design Museum. The end result was a successful 3rd dimension of a 2-dimensional subject, which was historical graphic design in Italy.


All photos courtesy of To read the full article and to see more photos, click here. Have a great weekend!

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Design Inspiration: Modern Green Bistro

Today we are loving this modern eatery in Germany! Check out Freshome’s article on the Green Bistro.

“Siddik Erdogan and Jörn Fröhlich designed the interiors of the Green Bistro in the Lengermann & Trieschmann department store in Osnabrück, Germany. Covering 100 square meters, the bistro displays a modern atmosphere captured between the sinuous lines of the design. The two designers collaborating on this project have each a fascinating design background – Jörn Fröhlich works with theatre and retail design in Berlin, while Siddik Erdogan is an interior designer from Turkey. The lack of sharp edges in the design was inspired by natural shapes and conveys the primary idea of the bistro: sustainability promoting healthy green food to the customers. The mix between naturally enhanced plywood and white lacquered surfaces created a functional, innovative bistro design, with functional parts like food displays, tray shelves, benches and tables individually created and mounted to fit the overall look. White chairs and tulip tables complete the welcoming design with a fantastic conceptual ceiling centrepiece as focal point. You might want to try this contemporary dining experience for yourselves.”




All images courtesy of Don’t forget to go to the Holiday Mentor Mixer tonight at 6:30 in CDN 283!

Design Inspiration: New Park Hyatt Hotel in India

Happy Friday, ASU! We are loving the new design of first Hyatt Hotel in India, designed by firm HBA.

“During the initial design stages, HBA designers spent time getting acquainted with the environment visiting local museums, viewing historical architecture and studying local culture and fashion. The result translates into Indian colors, patterns and fabrics that can be seen throughout the hotel. Indian motifs are found in the carpets which feature traditional henna patterns but are massively over sized in scale to look contemporary and not traditional. Silk accents and vibrant colors influenced by Indian saris also permeate throughout the hotel’s design.”

To read the whole article and see more stunning photos of the project, click here. Have a great weekend!


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Design Inspiration: Rustic Cotta Cafe in Melbourne, Australia

“Welcome to a cafe interior that stands out due to its diversity, style and dynamics. Cotta Cafe in Melbourne, Australia was envisioned and implemented by Mim Design as a gathering space where guests can unwind and enjoy good company. The new cafe  is described by the designers as a place ‘providing a warm and rustic interior escape from the hustle and bustle of the West End precinct.'”

Read the whole article and see more pictures here. Remember to go to the Mentor Mixer tonight at 6:15 in CDN 283!


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