“A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence.”
- Leopold Stokowski
I listen to music A LOT! It has always been a great source of inspiration for me and one of my deepest loves. For most of us, songs hold memories and images. None of us have ever just listened to music, we’ve lived it.
If musicians “paint their pictures on silence,” designers paint theirs on stillness. Nothing piques the interest of a designer more than a space longing to be composed. But, it’s not always about getting the entire composition right; sometimes it’s simply about hitting the right tone. A space should only reflect the lives of the ones that dwell there, and a designer should only play a hand in fine-tuning the instruments.
I am constantly asked where I begin when designing a project. Often times, I think of a lyric that reminds me of a particular emotion; I replay it in my mind until an image appears; I choose a theme based upon that image and once I think I have struck the right chord, I play.
My best advice: if you want to compose surroundings that truly reflect you at your deepest core, be still…and listen.
Be inspired...compose your life, uniquely.