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Inspiration comes in many forms — images, words, music, and more. As part of staying  #FluentInDesign, the team at Hunter Douglas looks for things that spark our imaginations. Here are some fun and intriguing items that piqued our interest this week… we hope they “pique” yours, too! Please tweet us (@FluentInDesign) or email us with any feedback or ideas. Our address is

Light the way. Six teams. Four bridges. One famous river. The “illuminated river” design competition features proposals from six international design teams tasked with emphasizing the historic parts of the bridges. A favorite of ours, proposed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, “aims to align the metabolism of the city and its inhabitants“ while bringing naturalistic factors into play using the movement of the sun and moon in conjunction with lights on the bridges. Les éclairagistes associés (L.E.A.) also plans to place lamp posts along the Thames bridges to serve as a guide through the river and the city. To see more designs and videos, check out

As seen on… Hollywood homes play a significant role in the production of movies and TV shows, and ArchDaily is showcasing floor plans from popular shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stranger Things, and Sherlock Holmes. Buffy was filmed in a mansion designed by iconic designer Frank Lloyd Wright, who challenged himself to use concrete, “the cheapest (and ugliest) thing in the building world.”

Materials meet experience. SOFTlab, a New York-based design studio, has partnered with 3M to create multiple award-winning sculptures. Their most recent is an “urbanized gazebo” made of aluminum and 3M reflective materials. The aluminum cladding is composed of an underbelly of dichroic glass in bright colors ranging from pink to green. Once popular among the Romans, the glass is created by sprinkling silver and gold onto a base layer, which is then molded into jewelry and dishes. 3M and SOFTlab’s collaboration film creates a similar ambiance but allows for easier manipulation of the product to create vibrant and artistic structures. Visit to see these colorful creations.

Coming to port. After 13 years of design and construction, the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall opened in Northern Germany, at the Western edge of the Hafencity and Hamburgs port. Designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the multiuse structure, which includes the concert hall, hotel and apartments, spans nearly 1.3 million square feet and 26 stories. When asked to renovate existing brick storage houses, Herzog & de Meuron developed a plan to place the concert hall atop the brick structure. The top of the hall mimics ocean waves, while the body’s glass panels reflect the water itself. The 2,100-seat concert hall and 550-seat recital hall are slated to open this coming January, but many visitors have already begun to enjoy the surrounding plaza. To take a pictorial tour and view the architectural plans, visit


Image credit: Image © malcolm reading consultants and adjaye associates via designboom.

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