I get so much creative stimulation from reading books and magazines and collaborating with my coworkers every day, but the other day I realized it had been ages since I stepped out of the office for a jolt of inspiration, and I decided to head uptown to Museum Mile to get my creative juices flowing.
Once I got to the upper east side, I walked into the Neue Galerie's current exhibit, a survey of the decorative artist and interior designer Koloman Moser's work, and I was instantly impressed. Moser was an Austrian designer and artist in turn-of-the-20th-century Vienna, and his work spans an amazing range of media - from graphic design, textiles, and jewelry to stenciled wall decoration, furniture, glass, ceramics, and interior schemes. His work is incredible; it's detailed, exquisitely executed, and so ahead of his time, and I was more and more impressed as I walked through the show. Everywhere I turned there was another beautiful mother of pearl detail, or a beech and mahogany cabinet inlaid with ebonized wood and decorated with beveled glass panels. I especially loved the recurring decorative details Moser used - checked patterns and fish motifs showed up repeatedly, and you could really tell that Moser retained his own thoughtful personal style throughout his career, one that inspired a generation of Austrian and German artists.
The exhibit itself was also really interestingly put together. I loved that the curators decided to decorate the walls and cases with Moser's own designs - the walls of one room were stenciled entirely with a large flower pattern that the artist created - which felt like I could really experience what his interiors must have been like. It was a great way to get some new ideas and inspiration from an amazing artist. Definitely check it out.