Weekend Inspiration – Nathan Turner Gets Us In The Mood.

People ask me all the time what is the difference between a mood board, an inspiration board, or a presentation board.

The terms are used interchangeably, but a presentation board is the one that you would show to a client.

A mood/inspiration board might be used only in house as you brainstorm design ideas.  The presentation board shows the client the actual materials/furniture you plan to buy for the space.

I prefer to do these boards the old-fashioned way (I like to touch and feel everything) but with clients who live overseas or travel a lot, a digital board is the way to go.

I finally bit the bullet and bought Photoshop.  Of course I was on a killer deadline for a project and had to turn around my boards pretty quickly.

Did I mention that I had never used Photoshop before?  It was straight up drama trying to get these boards done.  Fortunately, I have talented friends like Nicolee Drake who are also patient teachers.

Mood boards are very popular with interior designers, fashion designers, and graphic artists.

I love what interior designer Nathan Turner says about the Picasso inspiration in the short clip below.  It’s for Pottery Barn and Nathan breaks down the process in a way that’s fun and accessible.

If you’re in L.A. check out his store on Melrose. It’s filled with beautiful things.

I hope you have an inspiring weekend.

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2 comments
  1. Megan said:

    My coworkers start their mood boards four months before a collection. It’s always so fascinating what images and details translate into the clothes they put on the runway a few months later. There is an office joke that at least one image of Mick Jagger is always on the board!

  2. I completely understand why Mick (especially circa 70’s) is such an inspiration to designers. He had that effortless sexy/cool thing going on, as did Bianca.

    I love reading about and seeing how a collection goes from the mood board to the runaway.

    I’m very excited about the colors we saw for S/S 13. Cannot wait for winter to be over. Basta!

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