When I asked Instant Space project manager Max Humphrey about the early influences that informed his design sensibility, the memory that came to his mind was the first time he saw pictures of Paul Simonon from The Clash, along with images of other punk rock bands.
[Exhibition catalog cover, Anglomania, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006.]
[Pennie Smith's iconic photograph of Paul Simonon smashing his bass guitar. The image appears on the cover of The Clash's album, London Calling. Picture via Amazon.]
This led Max to Vivienne Westwood, tartan, Mod fashion and the dandies of London's Swinging 60s.
[Baird and Armstrong tartans via The Scottish Weaver.]
[Stills from 1960s Swinging London on YouTube.]
He explains, "I realized that I didn't believe colors could clash. And that you could use color in interesting ways -- in non-conventional combinations -- to set yourself apart. I think this applies to interior design too."
Max's aesthetic sits well with his boss, Betsy Burnham. At the core, her rooms are classic but she likes to inject unorthodox mixes, sometimes with a rock-inspired edge.
Burnham's signature British Flag Lamp is available here.