Design’s ever-strong bond with architecture is central in personifying these inspirations in a creative and functional manner. Architecture thus lends itself to applied concepts around the design world in the form of furniture, art and fashion.
Profound influence comes from major religious buildings that were constructed for the admiration of the masses and for the eternal emotional connection that people experience with these structures. Example of this emulation can be seen in the architectural elements of St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow and likewise found in the Venetian glass legs of the Jewel dining table by Costantini Pietro.
Royal palaces of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque movements are known to showcase lavish splendor and offer visual magnificence that easily stirs creative and sensory emotions. Not unexpectedly, Van Cleef & Arpels famous quatrefoil (four leaves) motif necklace finds inspiration from a traditional Christian symbol found in many infamous structures among which is the Dodge Palace in Venice.
Abstract structures of the 21st century like Santiago Calatrava’s L’Oceanogràfic in Valencia influence modern design in fundamental depth with many similarities that can be drawn between such revolutionary architecture and innovative modern design. Tonin Casa’s Gaya dining table features a palpable base with underlying structure that draws inspiration from the likes of Calatrava’s fluid elements, integrating the tangibility of architecture into people’s daily lifestyles.
Revolutionary architecture of early 20th century, known today as the Bauhaus movement spearheaded by Walter Gropius was full geometrical intensity, formed by linearity and pragmatic regard for function. The Fagus Factory designed by Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer was one such radical structure that was constructed in 1913 and later served to inspire Pablo Picaso’s Three Musician Painting that depicted classic cubist style with evident parallels original modern architecture.