As a part of SMBW’s 2015 office renovation, we incorporated a wall of display shelves in our lobby. Each month, one staff member will use the shelves to compile and showcase some of their favorite things: materials, books, music, products, and more! Keep an eye here on the blog for highlights from each staff member’s display.
For the month of June, Matt Cheadle from our interiors crew, resident jack-of-all-trades, took over the Favorite Things Wall to share some of his current inspirations. Take it away, Matt!
- The Burning House (book) | If your house were on fire, what would you take? Author, Foster Huntington, has collected answers to this telling question and portrayed them through organized photographs. The books provides a keyhole into people’s lives, feelings and innermost thoughts. I feel like this book speaks largely for what we do as designers. What truly is important to people and how would you lay them out to be photographed?
- hi print and spiral print | In 2010 I started a company named D is for Dino. I set out to design wall art that would make people laugh, think and remember their childhood. The art was intended for a child’s room, nursery or maybe an office space. Within two years, I had been labeled Richmond’s Best Etsy Shop two years in a row by Richmond Magazine and sold over 1,000 prints worldwide. This endeavor of mine inspired me to pursue design further and to continue inspiring others to dig in their inner child, humor and thoughts.
- Project:Materialize | a 3D printed diorama photographed by Sydney Sie. I’m always inspired by artists using a variety of mediums to include in one final piece. Sydney photographed this piece to represent the different ways and forms of life. She uses color, light and shape to pull off an imaginative universe.
- Letterpress cards | At VCU, I’m an independent study for Jamie Mahoney at the Bowe House Press shop. For being in a design field like interior design that is primarily done on the computer, getting my hands dirty on the letterpress is the best hobby for my creative mind. Laying out type and shapes is as inspiring to me as drawing a parti diagram of a future space. The cards I’ve included on my inspiration wall are of a little print I made for my son’s room and the holiday card my family mailed out last year.
- My wife, Kristen (wedding photo and sketch) | Without my amazing wife, I would probably not be pursuing Interior Design for my career. She is by far, my number one inspiration. With my Etsy business and my time at the candy store coming to a close, she encouraged me to complete my bachelors degree and go after what I love most of all: design. So without her guidance, strength, PATIENCE, and support, I would be in a completely different place.
- Iggy Peck, Architect (book) | My son Parker inspires me every single day. With his desire to learn everything, his need to feel all object, and his sense of humor, he makes me see my surroundings in a new way. Iggy Peck, Architect is one of his favorite books. In this book, Iggy Peck, a creative, independent and fearless second grader, has one passion: building. Iggy, just like my son Parker, loves exploring too much to give up.
- Goat Rodeo Sessions (cd) | A musical collaboration among Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. Music is my muse. While designing, if I am not listening to music, my mind will wonder too far. Music always narrows my thoughts and direction. This album especially inspires me with its blend of classical and bluegrass music. A goat rodeo actually refers to a chaotic even where many things must go right for the situation to work.