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The Origins of Inspiration: A Talk with Milan Sipek

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

Designer Milan Sipek discusses how to tap into creativity and find inspiration


On November 9, 2015, European designer Milan Sipek gave a talk at Tongji University in which he discussed the topic of finding inspiration with students. Sipek, known for pioneering the category of modular furniture and for his work as a Czech crystal designer, is also a respected interior, landscape, and product designer.


A photograph of designer Milan Sipek standing at the foot of the Charles Bridge in Prague, with the bridge and cityscape visible in the background.
Milan Sipek at the Charles Bridge in Prague

During the talk, Sipek addressed a question that he is frequently asked when presenting his work to audiences or clients: "What is your source of inspiration?" Sipek admitted that he doesn't particularly enjoy this question, as it is often difficult to answer and, for him at least, there is not always a clear answer.


Milan Sipek stands in front of the historic Charles Bridge in Prague, with the cityscape behind him.
Designer Milan Sipek in Prague

True creative thinking, Sipek explained, is free and unrestricted. There is no manual for finding inspiration, and it can be sparked by anything - music, literature, or even a random encounter on the street. To tap into inspiration, one must keep their mind, heart, and senses open to receiving it. This means allowing oneself to make random associations, which can be surprising and unexpected, and recognizing when inspiration strikes.


A photograph of designer Milan Sipek standing at the foot of the Charles Bridge in Prague, with the bridge  visible in the background.
Milan Sipek at the Charles Bridge in Prague

Of course, having a strong foundation of theory and technical knowledge is also important in order to build upon and execute the ideas that inspiration brings. But ultimately, Sipek emphasized the importance of letting go of preconceptions and expectations and being open to the unexpected in order to truly embrace creativity and find inspiration.


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