Natural Instincts: Page Ikeda takes her design cues from the great outdoors for her Modern Basics collection.
Published in The Atlantan magazine.
For 32-year-old Atlanta designer Page Ikeda, excitement about a home product—or any product, for that matter—begins with what lies behind it. “When I look at a product, I look not only at the design, but also at whether there is an intelligent use of materials,” says Ikeda, the creative spirit behind the Modern Basics lines of contemporary soft goods for the home. Trained originally as an industrial designer at Georgia Tech, Ikeda counts among her greatest inspirations architect Santiago Calatrava, whose “sheer marriage of engineering, architecture and art is amazing,” and design gurus Charles and Ray Eames. Ikeda also admires Droog Design out of the Netherlands, which has, she says, a “philosophy of being fearless with materials,” and Philippe Starck “because his work can be very playful.”
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