This month "By Invitation Only" is about a very special topic, inspiration... I will refer inspiration to its latin derivative, instinctus.
My life is drawn from inspiration, I operate from instinct. Inspiration is about love, love of life, beauty, the planet and its people. Books are my world, a single phrase can inspire an entire furniture collection. Paul Theraux, one of my favorite author is the reason being my constant quest for adventure. The mountains are the source of my inner strength, motivating me to go further, higher, pushing myself to newer limits.
I embrace the cultures of this world and thrive when immersed in foreign territories and customs. The small gestures and moments spent with welcoming people is the inspiration to lead a true loving life. I have shared huts with women who had nothing to give but their kindness and their smile, their singing and dancing, the true inspiration for a life led in truth and joy.
Is there any more powerful expression of inspiration than art? I once drove 12 hours with my young sons to sit and absorb the works of Tapies, a brilliant artist whose work has touched me deeply. It left in me a deep sensibility for his love of dark colors, broad strokes and expressions, which is often reflected in my design work.
Nature is my sanctuary, my refuge, my inspiration. I derive my strength, my wisdom from nature, my deep love for our physical world and its wildlife. An inspired life is to open your eyes, your heart without preconception, looking at the small details of life as well as the powerful lessons learned from the true great men and women.