As we continue to all remain safe and vigilant during this uneasy time in quarantine it can be easy to lose some creative and fresh inspiration. With all museums, galleries and nearly all showrooms closed for the moment, the design industry’s institutions are turning to digital content – travel magazines or agents are offering virtual tours of incredible places and spaces, brilliant documentaries have been released and many uplifting podcasts have been recorded and are all at your disposal within your own home. At Kensington Design we have found many ways to keep your creative juices flowing and to keep your design inspiration ever growing.

Live Talks at Design Museums & Galleries:
Many design museums and galleries around the world are rallying together with world-leading designers, architects and artists in order to produce talks and live studio tours. The Design Museum’s freshly announced Digital Design Calendar sees a push towards its website and social channels, with a great line up of partner networks that includes architect Ron Arad, designers Bella Freud and 2LG Studio. Freshly launched is new flagship franchise #DesignDispatches, a series of Instagram Lives that kicked off with a studio tour by fashion innovator Christopher Raeburn, plus upskilling series Learn with the Design Museum and child-friendly resource library Young Design Museum. Check the website for each week’s programme.
The Vitra Design Museum in Germany has launched a weekly series of Instagram Live talks led by director Mateo Kries. The first guest of #VDMHomeStories is design enthusiast Jospeh Grima, creative lead of Design Academy Eindhoven and Triennale Milano. Each week’s live story will explore the museum’s projects and exhibitions from both past and current and will also discuss how design can help the world tackle and face a crisis.
Lastly, don’t miss out on online design publication Dezeen’s ‘Virtual Design Festival’ – the world’s first of its kind – which begins on April 15th. A huge archive of conversations with diverse creative designers has been curated and this virtual festival is not one to be missed.

Vitra Museum in Germany

Explore Some of the World’s Most Stunning Homes:
Another company utilising Instagram is The Plum Guide, a holiday rental platform which employs rigorous review methods to rate homes on everything from the amount of natural light to the shower pressure. The Plum Guide has an incredible catalogue of incredibly well designed homes and is leading a new series of digital tours – led by their owners. The first digital tour starts with the amazing Ganzel Studio in Copenhagen and is owned by entrepreneur Louise Ganzel. Also coming soon to The Plum Guide is a skilled workshop series led by hosts that are experts in cooking, languages or art and design.

rooftop terrace in Copenhagen

Cultural Virtual Tours:
With nearly all of Europe’s cultural scene sadly put on hold for now, closed museums and galleries are on a positive mission to give us unprecedented online access to their exhibitions, archives and unique architecture. Google’s Arts & Culture platform joined up with hundreds of the world’s cultural institutions to digitally map their interior spaces, it could not have predicted the huge rise in popularity due to starved culture seekers. Among the most architecturally-striking designs are Bilbao’s curved Guggenheim Museum, regal art gallery MAK Vienna and gothic masterpiece Doge’s Palace in Venice.
London’s Tate galleries were also able to film curator-led tours of the Andy Warhol and Aubrey Beardsley exhibitions, which they are now offering online for free until April 13th. After viewing the Warhol exhibition head over to Youtube for a Warhol-themed editions of the gallery’s ‘How To’ series.

Guggenheim museum in Bilbao

Lose Yourself in a Creative Podcast:
Podcasts used to be our favourite companion for commuting but are now great sources to find creativity in your spare time instead of listening just to try and block out the tube driver announcements. The Modern House estate agent uses its new podcast to invite guests to share their three top favourite homes anywhere in the world. Another great podcast to tune into is Justyna Green’s popular series On Design – where in one of her latest podcasts she quizzes Papier CEO Taymoor Atighetchi and 8 Holland Street Gallery founder Tobias Vernon – on friendship, entrepreneurship and good taste. Finally, we suggest tuning in to Design Principals with Bethan Ryder, where ELLE Decoration’s editorial manager puts female designers and architects in the spotlight. There’s a discussion on sustainable design, self-discipline and making it in a man’s world with Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc.

must listen to interior design podcasts

Design Documentaries:
Get a dose of creative design inspiration from the comfort of your sofa – switch on to BBC Iplayer and tune into the three-part series Handmade on the Silk Road, which explores the enduring skill of traditional craft on the ancient trade route. Also to discover on BBC Iplayer is the Secrets of the Museum, which offers a peek behind closed scenes and shines a spotlight on the complexities of readying collections for display at London’s V&A museum. To indulge in some serious ‘dream house’ envy head over to Netflix where Caroline Quentin and architect Piers Taylor explore The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes. The first series is directed by various different landscapes – the four episodes follow coastal, forest, mountain and underground homes whilst the second series is guided by country, from a brutalist retreat in India to an Israeli home integrated into a rock face.

netflix most extraordinary homes

Now is a wonderful time to take a step back and indulge in some great creative outlets that can all be accessed from the safety and comfort of your home. If your inspiration triggers you into wanting any design advice for any project - no matter how small - please do contact us here