I have always been fascinated by Ray and Charles Eames and their life story is actually the inspiration for Meandering Design.
They are mostly known for their furniture and their collaboration with Herman Miller. They were arbiters of mid-century modern design, but they did so much more.
While Charles was often the face of Eames, Ray was an artist and genius of design in her own right. She created iconic textiles and was a well known abstract painter, along with the work she did with Charles.
They dabbled in everything. They were artists, film makers, photographers, furniture designers, and architects. They worked in advertising as well. They often pushed the envelope of what was technologically possible to do at the time.
I highly recommend watching the documentary Eames: The Architect and the Painter, by Jason Cohen and Bill Jersey.
Initially when I started Meandering Design I knew that I wanted to be a design house. I wanted a space that was a creative hub. Mainly because I was inspired by the Eames' and I didn't want to limit my choices.
I've definitely refined what it is I do over the last couple of years. My focus is on transformative and sustainable design because my core desire is to help people and limit the harm we cause to our environment.
I gave a talk recently at my local library and in it I said "I believe that Design can Change the World". And I do. I believe that the problems we encounter in our day to day life can be solved by design. I believe that the problems facing our society can also be solved by design.
Right now I just want to make people's day to day more enjoyable and I do that by giving them a space that functions and makes them feel inspired.
Who inspires you?