Inspired by Travel: What Do Museum Visits Do for You?

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One of the many reasons I love visiting museums is that when I leave, I see things a bit differently. Even when I am not familiar with an artist or a piece or I do not know the history behind the work, there is always something to be gained from exposure to museums or galleries. The shapes, the colors, textures and sounds are all aspects of art that inspire me, not only as a person but as someone who loves design.

After any given visit to a gallery or museum, I might leave obsessed with a particular color, or with an idea for how to hang a piece of art in my home, with a new appreciation for a style I never understood, or even with an idea for a piece I would like to try to make on my own. On a recent visit to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, I was drawn to this piece by Matali Crasset from 1998, entitled "Poufs Digestion n 1." The re-use of everyday objects for a new purpose is not a new idea, but the execution is beautifully done, and it serves as a reminder that even the items we see everyday can be transformed into something special when looked at with a strong eye for design.

Learn More About the Artist Matali Crasset.

(Image: Liana Walker)