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Thinking outside the box can help you create an environment that is exciting, that stimulates your senses and make you look twice!!

In Residential Interior Design, the key is making an environment that looks nice, is functional to your needs, and the main thing – It HAS to be a comfortable place for your friends and family to relax and live in otherwise you wouldn’t want to ever be there!

In commercial Interior Design however , I think it is more important to encapture your audience by making them want to inhabit and use the space, rather than just walking past. So, you have more scope for using your imagination to create inspirational interiors that will draw people in.

By adopting technique’s of ‘thinking outside the box’ you can create an environment that is so much more interesting and exciting to be in.

Why use a rug as a rug?, when you can use it as a piece of art!

Whilst working at Redbrick I popped into BoConcept and they were selling old rug samples as doormats to make way for the new Season. I sifted through them and found two which I particularly liked and couldn’t resist buying them!


I love the texture, pattern and colour of these A2 size cow hide door mats. So simple but yet effective at the same time. Instead of using them as a door mat, I intend to frame them both as pieces of art within simple black frames and keeping the texture on show, so you can touch.

Read on for a few examples of design that stood out to me as thinking outside the box


Terence Conran’s Bathroom at Barton Court. Different sized paint brushes are arranged as a piece of art above a simple circular fireplace. These paint brushes are symbolic of his renovations and the aim to simplify and de-clutter his home.


Rene Magritte – Famous for his surrealist paintings, playing with the idea of irony, juxtapositions and things looking out of context. I love the juxtaposition of day and night within this one painting. It makes you look twice!! I bought this print whilst at the Magritte exhibition in the Tate Liverpool because I loved it so much!


Vegetal chair designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra. The initial intuition was that of a chair which would sprout up like a plant – It’s branches gently curving to form the seat and back.Who would have thought that a plant could inspire you to design something so interesting and fun?


VitraHaus, Germany by Herzog & De Meuron. This is one place that I NEED to visit before I die – Part of a collection of buildings known as ‘The designer’s disneyland’. The building that houses Vitra’s furniture collection looks out of this world!! The simple concept of a house shape has been pulled to create a long form, repeated and stacked on top of another making the basis shape for the building. The idea is so simple but I struggle to think how it was actually built!!

Hope these examples help me illustrate to you how ‘thinking outside the box’ can create astonishing design that will make people go WOW and look twice!!

What have you encountered in design that has made you look twice or made you think ‘I would never have thought to do that!’ ??

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