Inspiration

Welcome to Design Week’s Inspiration Board. Here you can search through inspirational design imagery using a series of filters, or just browse random images. You can also submit your own work for consideration on the board using the button below.

Axel Arigato Gallery, by Christian Halleröd

Shoe and clothing brand Axel Arigato has opened a store-cum-gallery-space in Stockholm, Sweden, working with architect Christian Halleröd, who created the space. The space aims to appear “clean” with a few installations “blown out of proportion”, says the shoe brand, including a 100kg plexiglass display at the centre of the store, yellow fur seats and […]

These Islands, by Cereal and Studio Faculty

Cereal has published a new book which features photography, prose and poetry relating to the British Isles. Covering England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, These Islands: A Portrait of the British Isles uses a minimal, white, grey, navy and dark green print design coupled with tracing paper pages and a white, serif typeface, making photography and […]

Jigsaw store concept, by Barber Design

This singular concept is for Jigsaw’s Cobham, Surrey store. Each new store has its own look and feel and this is the second one that Barber has worked on for the client. Each store is designed to be sympathetic to its surroundings and the architecture of the building it is situated in. Jigsaw has 82 stores […]

Invisible Outlines, by Nendo

Japanese consultancy Nendo has designed a series of objects which aim to blur the lines of what can and cannot be perceived as physical objects. The collection looks at how outlines and borders enable people to subconsciously recognise objects, even if these outlines are not filled in. 16 collections were created, including “border table”, which presents […]

Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs, by L3

  Northamptonshire consultancy L3 has designed a car concept for Nissan tailored specifically for dog owners. Based on Nissan’s existing X-Trail model, L3’s design looks to recognise dogs as “an integral part of family life”. The consultancy has transformed the boot space into an area for dogs to relax, featuring a “no spill” water dispenser, […]

Paper blue tit, for Waitrose Weekend, by Lisa Lloyd

Designer and illustrator Lisa Lloyd has created this paper cut blue tit, which features on the front cover of the current issue of Waitrose Weekend magazine. The commission has also been made into a small set of prints and readers stand to win one of five if they enter a competition.

Threefold branding, by Baxter and Bailey

Consultancy Baxter and Bailey has designed a new brand identity for media agency Threefold. Threefold plan and manage brand campaigns for retailers, aimed at shoppers. The new identity is “playful”, says Baxter and Bailey co-founder Matt Baxter, and based around the “rule of three”. This aims to symbolise the company’s focus on three areas – […]

True Nordic, by various authors

A book on the influence of Scandinavian design on Canadian craft has been published by Black Dog Publishing. True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada examines how the era has made an impact on Canadian craft, design and industrial production since 1920. Authors include George Baird, Rachel Gotlieb, Mark Kingwell and Michael Prokopow, and […]

Resin-cast furniture, by Zuza Mengham

Sculptor Zuza Mengham has been selected as one of Tom Dixon’s “rising talents” of this year. Her latest work includes a series of resin-cast furniture, including her Nexus Z-shape chair, her Camber flower vase and her Murmur book ends. Other materials used include birch-plywood, terrazzo, synthetic onyx, and marble. These will be exhibited at Paris-based […]

Made You Look, Made You Stare, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Architectural practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has produced a book which looks at museums across Europe and North America and questions what makes them emotionally engaging. The book has been written and art directed by Clare Hughes and illustrated by Stephanie Sandall, and is complemented by an exhibition currently held at the architect’s studio until […]

Human Nature installation at Aqua Shard, by Timothy Hatton

Architect Timothy Hatton has designed a festive-themed installation at Aqua Shard in central London. The installation comprises 3,000 of 3D-printed leaves, made up of leaf skeletons from five British deciduous tree species. The installation is suspended from the three-storey atrium on the 31st level of the Shard.

Red Bull Flying Bach installation, by Joe Iurato

Street artist Joe Iurato has designed a series of wooden cut-out installations inspired by the break dancers and modern dancers involved in the Red Bull Flying Bach tour. The works have been installed in various locations around Washington DC, to raise awareness about the touring show, which combines classical music and break dance. The Red […]

The Brutalist Colouring Book, by Marc Thomasset

Brussels-based designer Marc Thomasset has designed a rather edgy colouring book based on Brutalism. The Brutalist Colouring Book is based on the sharp, angular forms of concrete architecture, and leaves the viewer to either fill the constructions with colour or alternatively opt for different shades of grey, if they prefer to get a bit more […]

Opus branding, by Sheridan&Co

Consultancy Sheridan&Co has designed the branding for fitness studio Opus based in Notting Hill, London. The studio was formerly known as DKPT, so has been renamed and received a new visual look and website. Sheridan&Co also created a new strapline “Fitness to Inspire”. Michael Sheridan, founder at Sheridan&Co, says the rebrand hopes to convey the […]

Marks & Spencer Formula packaging, by DewGibbons + Partners

DewGibbons + Partners has redesigned the packaging and branding for Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) skincare range Formula. The Formula word marque is now a sans-serif typeface, which aims to be “simple” and “elegant”, says the consultancy. Colour-coded bands are used to indicate different collections within the range, while the tone of voice has been adapted […]

Here East wayfinding system, by Dn&co

Dn&co has designed the signage and wayfinding system for Here East’s digital and creative campus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. The tech hub’s signage system is inspired by electronic circuit diagrams, while digital screens embedded into walls display a sequence of digital maps, signposting and brand messages, developed by digital agency […]

Star Map, by The Future Mapping Company

The Future Mapping Company has created a new wall map of stars based on 17th century illustrations. The company digitally processed and matched the data of the 400-year-old illustrations, to create an “educational” wall art map. It is a lithographic print, and comes in seven colours including three metallic and one made with fluorescent ink. […]

Superdrug Spåa Retreat range packaging, by Seymourpowell

Seymourpowell has created a new range of gift boxes for Superdrug’s Spåa Retreat range. The consultancy also came up with the name and designed the branding, all of which are inspired by modern Scandinavian design. The packaging features a white and taupe colour palette, pebble graphic and metallic copper foiling.

Boom light, by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon has designed a task light, which has been designed with functional and practicality in mind. It has been inspired by generations of draughtsman’s and machinist’s lamps, which have been simplified as a series of cylinders, tubes and junctions arranged in “sculptural compositions”. For more information head here.

26 Grains interiors, by Block: 1 Design

Block: 1 Design has designed the interiors for 26 Grains restaurant in Neal’s Yard, London. The Nordic-inspired concept includes a stripped back palette of several different woods, marble and rough rendered walls, reflecting the Scandinavian style dishes.

Enodo Economics branding, by Interabang

Interabang has designed the branding for economic analytics company Enodo Economics. The design studio also named the company, with Enodo deriving from the Latin word for “make clear, untangle and explain”. This was used as a metaphor in the logo motif itself, the studio says, which is an “unravelling double ‘e’” shape. A colour palette […]

Hand cast concrete letters and numbers, by An Artful Life

An Artful Life has created these hand-cast letters and numbers, which are now being sold in the Barbican gallery and the National Centre for Craft and Design. Each letter comes packaged in a matchbox and the entire product has been conceived and designed by An Artful Life’s interior architect Kate Whitfield, who says she was […]

Handmade at Kew, by various

Handmade in Britain is putting on a Handmade at Kew event, which will see more than 150 international makers and galleries showcase their ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork and jewellery. The event is set among the Decimus Burton-designed glasshouses at Kew and is billed as an opportunity to buy or commission work directly from craftspeople. […]

Alto restaurant interiors, by Tom Dixon Design Research Studio

Tom Dixon Design Research Studio (DRS) has designed the interiors for Alto, a new grill restaurant in Hong Kong. The restaurant is the studio’s first project in Asia, and has used the concept of the four elements – earth, air, fire and water – throughout. Fire is conveyed through the use of 230 gold mini […]

Rawligion branding and interiors, by Mystery

Design studio Mystery has created the branding and interiors for a new health-food restaurant in London. Rawligion is a “plant-based café”, which uses organic, locally-sourced fruit, vegetables, seeds, herbs and spices to make lunch dishes, juices and smoothies, desserts and snacks. The design concept for the interiors has been inspired by the Apple store and […]

Lacoste store concept, by DesignLSM

DesignLSM has created a new interior design concept for clothing brand Lacoste. The studio has redesigned the Lacoste store in the Trafford Centre, Manchester, but the concept will be rolling out across all UK stores. The new “streamlined” store design hopes to make the brand’s “colourful garments and products centre stage”, says DesignLSM. Curved walls […]

Sweetdram liquer workshop, by SODA

Sweetdram is a UK distillery, which until now had been developing its recipes at a distillery in France. This new distillery has been designed by SODA and occupies a former print works in East London. Sweetdram’s signature drink is Escubac and its bottle’s label can be found in the broken down geometrical shapes of the door […]

Béatrice et Bénédict theatre set, by Barbara de Limburg

Barbara de Limburg has designed the set for Béatrice et Bénédict, an opera dating back to 1862, with new look costumes and a grey-on-grey colour scheme. Messina, where the opera is set, is a toy-town of boxes that allow characters to pop in and out of flaps in the sides. While Béatrice and Bénédict gradually […]

The A-Z of typographic terms, by Fontsmith

Fontsmith has created an infographic listing of an A-Z glossary of typography jargon. Using a green and grey colour scheme and the type foundry’s new typeface, FS Aldrin, the infographic lists almost 80 typography related terms and explanations, including ink trap and kerning. “As type designers we can get immersed in an insular typographical bubble […]

Nike ping pong bats, by The Art of Ping Pong and Toby Melville Brown

The Art of Ping Pong in partnership with Toby Melville Brown is creating exclusive bats for the launch of NikeCourt x Roger Federer. This art installation uses the unique medium of ping pong bats as a canvas. Each bat’s artwork will tell a story from Roger Federer’s career and interests. Sixty unique bats will be on […]

Ipanema sandal design, by Phillippe Starck

Ipanema shoe company has teamed up with Phillippe Starck to produce a range of sandals that exemplify the designer’s emphasis on creating organic and minimal designs. The shoes are made from 30% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. Starck has focused on a minimalistic design with bright colours and unique straps. The collection spans four distinct […]

Authentic Ordnance Survey maps, by Chris Wesson and Charley Glynn

Cartographer Chris Wesson has redrawn a map of London, using elements from the original Ordnance Survey map taken from 1801. He has used similar typefaces, terminology, titles and scale bars to the authentic map, but has also added in new features, such as the Emirates Air Line cable car that crosses the Thames. Wesson also […]

Growth Rings, by Lantern

Lantern has a created a new brand identity for furniture maker and social enterprise company, Growth Rings. The new look comes as the furniture and homeware business – which provides education and training for people with criminal records, a history of addiction or low skills levels – hopes to reposition itself as an oak lifestyle […]

The Whisky Shop, by Gpstudio

Gpstudio has designed the interiors for The Whisky Shop’s new store in Paris’ Place de la Madeleine. The consultancy has stripped back the interiors to highlight the space’s original features, such as the staircase. The shop also includes modern features, including a space hosted by Diageo on the upper floor dedicated to whisky brand Johnnie […]

The Charge Tray, by Layer

Consultancy Layer has designed a collection of ceramic trays which can charge mobile and tablet devices. The Charge Tray aims to “minimise the visual impact of technology in the home”, says the consultancy’s founder Benjamin Hubert, and works by wirelessly charging devices when they’re placed on top of it through a silicone module underneath the […]

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, by Bjarke Ingels

This year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, takes the form of one of the simple forms of architecture: the brick wall. Ingels has used hollow fibreglass blocks that are stacked on top of each other to create the wall. Depending on what angle you are looking at the pavilion from it […]

Bank of England launches “The New Fiver” website

The Bank of England’s website for the new £5 bank note, the first banknote in the UK to be made of polymer, is now live. Designed by digital agency Cyber-Duck, the site lets users explore the note in 360°, allowing for a full view of the new fiver, which features Winston Churchill and will be […]

Buzzbike, by various

Startup company Buzzbike has commissioned a group of London artists to design a unique bicycle pattern, in celebration of its launch. The crowdfunded project is a free cycling scheme, which invites brands to sponsor a single speed Cooper bike. The ownership model has been unveiled at London’s Design Museum, and includes four specially designed bicycles to […]

House of MinaLima, by MinaLima

MinaLima has unveiled a new exhibition, which showcases fifteen years of collaboration in graphic design. The House of MinaLima, in Soho, London, aims to immerse visitors in the agency’s visual world, beginning with a series of illustrated collective noun prints. The posters, which celebrate the ‘eccentricities’ of the English language, have never been exhibited in […]

Summer Screen Prints 2016, by Various

Print Club London has commissioned a selection of artists to create limited-edition film posters for the Summer Screen Prints 2016 exhibition. The exhibition, which is being held at Somerset House, London, features individual posters for each of the films being shown during the venue’s Film4 Summer Screen showcase. The posters invite each artist to reimagine […]

GSA Mackintosh Campus Appeal, by various

The Glasgow School of Art has unveiled a set of silver spoons and unique brooches featuring materials from their fire-damaged Mackintosh Building. The items incorporate original material retrieved from Mackintosh Library, which was damaged by a fire in May 2014. The first, a set of four silver spoons designed by Helen Marriot, joint Head of […]

Lone Wolf branding, by B&B Studio

B&B Studio has designed the branding for a new spirits distillery, created by the same people behind craft brewery chain BrewDog. Spirits brand Lone Wolf will release a range of gin, vodka and whisky made from grain. Shaun Bowen, creative director at Lone Wolf, says the visual identity aims to be “stripped back, raw and […]

Siam Discovery, by Nendo

Siam Discovery has been given a complete interior and exterior reconstruction by Nendo. The retail complex, in Bangkok, Thailand, is designed to be a futuristic “lifestyle laboratory” which encourages visitors to enjoy a mixture of tastes and lifestyles. The interior includes 13 visual motifs which represent scientific discovery, and a wall composed of 220-frame shaped […]

2016 Rio Olympics Coin

Team GB Rio Olympics, 50p coin, by Uniform

Uniform has designed the Royal Mint’s only official coin to celebrate Team GB’s participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Inspired by the poem The Champion’s Story, written by East London schoolgirl Fope Jegede during London 2012, Uniform says it has created a design that celebrates the heroic achievements of Olympic athletes at their physical peak. […]

Wizard of Oz wallpaper

Literature-themed wallpaper prints, by Murals Wallpaper

Murals Wallpaper has launched special edition literature-based wallpaper prints. The idea was inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland book. The print series includes Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and a Charles Dickens-themed one. The prints have remastered original illustrations from the books.

Lee Broom store

Broom Off Broome, By Lee Broom

Lee Broom has unveiled his first store in North America. Broom Off Broome, located in Broome Street, New York, is a pop-up store which features 50 of Lee’s iconic designs across furniture, lighting and accessories. The store showcases signature pieces including the Hanging Hoop Chair, Crystal Bulb and the new Optical Lighting collection, which was […]

InBrief magazine, by The Global Group

Creative agency, The Global Group, has launched a new magazine that focuses on design trends within particular industries. The first edition of InBrief magazine highlights new technology, style and general trends in the food and hospitality sectors, centring around the food, drink and culture of the Rio Olympics. InBrief was litho printed in-house on paper provided […]

CrissCross furniture, by Sam Wrigley

A graduate from Falmouth University has developed a furniture concept that aims to be easy to construct and to move around. CrissCross has been designed by Sam Wrigley, who is launching a Kickstarter page this week to try to make his prototype into a reality. The furniture is modular, and aims to be “super easy […]

The Last Kingdom branding, by Dalziel & Pow

Dalziel & Pow has created the branding and style guide for new BBC historical drama The Last Kingdom. The consultancy worked on pattern, typeface, colour, quotations and icons to represent the series, which is based on the Danes and Saxons at war. Graphics include an old map of Britain divided by a line of flames […]

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The Flour Pot Bakery branding, by Filthy Media

Consultancy Filthy Media has created the branding for a bakery and sandwich shop which has recently expanded from Brighton to London. The Flour Pot Bakery branding uses “fine cut white typography”, says the consultancy, applied to “dark grey painted panels”. Filthy Media also applied the branding to the interior of the bakery, and produced a […]

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