Connect
To Top

Meeting Santiago Calatrava

Inspirations are an interesting thing because they so often have nothing to do with our chosen profession. For me I have quite a few but the two men who consistent top the list are chef Ferran Adria and architect Santiago Calatrava.

Ferran Andria is one of the most controversial chefs in the world as his food questions the very nature of a meal. Recipes are created by a combination of chefs, scientists, industrial designers and art directors in a place called ‘el Tiere’. His restaurant El Bulli in Spain has 3 Michelin stars and is regarded as the best restaurant in the Western world. I highly recommend watching Decoding Ferran Adria hosted by Anthony Bourdain which is the best look in Ferran’s work and world.

My favorite architect is another Spaniard, Santiago Calatrava. His clean and modern designs have inspired and fascinated me for years and I had the chance to meet him Monday night at a book signing at the Taschen store in SoHo.

I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of the people who inspire me and I find these meetings to be an interesting interaction because what is it we hope to get out of these meetings? I am very rarely able to have a lengthy or meaningful conversation but I continue to be drawn to these meetings. I have come to the conclusion that I go because I am trying to close the gap between the work and person to understand their process and how they use it to summon such great creativity. I am also looking for how that creativity and unique approach can translate into my own work. I think that this is especially true in the case of Ferran Adria where I have never tasked his cooking or met him in person but find his process and approach riveting. I have tried to blend my style with the spirit and open creative approach o the Tiere in my own studio in the hopes of similar results. In Calatrava I draw inspiration from a comparison between architecture and web design. In both there is a need to create something large and functional but it can be beautiful and standout from the crowd in a bold and striking fashion.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Creative direction

Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Speaker, Podcaster, Crazy One. As a designer, I have 20+ years experience creating the strategy, concepts, and designs for award-winning integrated global advertising campaigns, building multiple global Fortune 500 brands and creating innovative digital experiences. As a leader, I have 15+ years transforming agency and client-side teams using a mix of creativity, business strategy, process and political skill to create innovative, world-class work and cultures that change industries and companies. My clients have included American Airlines, W Hotels, Disney, Citi, ExxonMobil, Acura, Old Navy, Nationwide Insurance, Verizon, Subaru and many others. My work has received over 150 international awards, my app designs have been named as one of the World’s 100 Greatest Apps, Apple has featured my work in 9 keynotes, 4 TV commercials and more.

Follow Me On Instagram

 Spending a lot of time away from home lately so looking forward to getting home tomorrow to see these two crazy ones. #NationalPuppyDay #pugs #pugsofinstagram #pug #puglife  Brunch with @thechiclibrary before I hit the road again #chic #tomford @blackscale #blackscale @tomford #brunch #fashion  I always love the unwritten rule in Barcelona where you can create street art on doors and shutters but not the actual buildings. #streetartbarcelona #barcelona #streetartofficial #streetart #streetartist  Another preview of our commission from @tristaneaton and based on the 'crazy' in letterpress type and archery target you should know this is my side of the piece. #tristaneaton #tristaneatonart #tristaneatonmural #streetart #streetartist #streetartofficial  No caption does this justice because @tristaneaton is an absolutely brilliant artist. @thechiclibrary and I each gave him a list of what we love and inspires us which he used to create this massive 8' x 4' painting that he is finishing today. It can't get here fast enough. #streetartofficial #streetart #streetartist #tristaneaton #tristaneatonart #tristaneatonmural #commission #modernart #mural
 Another preview of our @tristaneaton commission. Full photos coming soon #tristaneaton #tristaneatonart #tristaneatonmural #streetart #streetartist #streetartofficial  The @obeygiant globe is a limited edition replica of the one which hung from the Eiffel Tower last year and was made by the worlds oldest globe maker. #galerieitinerrance #streetartparis #streetart #streetartist #shepardfairey #obeygiant #obey @galerie_itinerrance  My kind of street art from the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona #streetart #streetartist #streetartofficial #barcelona #streetartbarcelona #hola #skull  Our abdominal snow Pug loves the weather and the 16" of snow at our house north of NYC which feels more like north of the wall today. #pug #pugs #pugsofinstagram #nyc #westchester #snow #northofthewall  For those who asked about where to find the @invaderwashere is at @picassomuseum - remember it's an old piece before he got his style down so maybe look down at the last doorway on the south end of the museum. #streetart #streetartist #streetartofficial #streetartbarcelona #spaceinvader #invader #invaderwalls
 More in love with our @obeygiant from @galerie_itinerrance more every day. #streerart #shepardfairey #shepardfaireyart #shepardfaireyobey #streetartist #globe #earthcrisis  Feels a bit like Xmas today as our Earth Chrisis @obeygiant pieces and more showed up from @galerie_itinerrance in Paris. #obeygiant #obey #shepardfairey #streetartist #streetart #streetartparis #galerieitinerrance  Briefcase 2.0 thanks to @louisvuitton Avenue champ de Elysees #apolloalldaybag #louisvuitton #louisvuittonmonogram #monogrameclipse #lv #design #creativedirector  Thanks to @quiccs for the new addition to the collection - a black Forbidden TEQ63. It's the perfect middle size between my two @huckgee TEQ Skullheads. #quiccs #urbanvinyl #huckgee #huckgeeskullhead #dunny #skullhead  Barcelona street art public service announcements #streetart #streetartist #streetartofficial #streetartbarcelona

Copyright © 2015 Stephen Gates