Inspiration can come from anywhere. Nearly every design challenge begins with some exploration and search for inspiration. Today, Philippe Généreux shares about where he finds inspiration.
I find inspiration through the people and stories for whom I am designing a space. Since hospitals and learning spaces are both user-centric, I try to consider how a patient might heal faster or a student may learn better within these spaces. For example, access to natural light and natural materials, like wood, can reduce stress levels and help improve the healing or learning process. If waiting areas of hospitals or family spaces of a patient room are inviting, the patients and families will be more comfortable in a usually stressful situation. By designing a library as a comfy living room, the students will use the space as an extension of their classrooms.
I also find inspiration from various visual perceptions I encounter in life. When I play Jenga with my daughter, I see structures or joinery. When I walk in nature or ski, I see patterns in light and shapes. Industrial design is also a great source of inspiration for me. I look at bikes, sailboats or watches to see how they are put together and I take inspiration from those observations. Even furniture details that catch my eyes might find themselves translated into building details when I am designing.
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