At Eclectic Trends we have always presented some of the world’s leading designers, and today it will be no different. Let’s start this beautiful post with one of the legends of design – Ettore Sottsass, one of the leading heads of the Memphis Movement. Back in the days Sottsass designed iconic ceramic design pieces, mainly made out of elementary forms like pyramids, globes, cones and cubes. The high resemblance to totems demonstrates his playful ability to switch from elaborate art to industrial design. So with Sottsass being a great inspiration to many contemporary designers, we would love to show a few more examples of todays’ interpretation of the Totem Style and the approach to the idea of totems in design.
White totem Light by Jamie Julien Brown
A totem can have many meanings, including being a guardian spirit, a sacred symbol or object that serves as a figure for a group of people. The term ‚totem’ is originally connected to a group of indigenous people of North America, but the idea of a spirit being is common to a large number of cultures worldwide. Here we aim to cover 10 examples of inspiration and appreciation rather than cultural appropriation.
But how can we draw a connection from the aesthetic masterpieces and the spiritual significance of the sacred deities? Of course, the interpretation of totems lies in the eye of the beholder, the understanding of the diverse symbols creates a wide-ranging awareness.
We believe that innate creative knowledge and artistic wisdom are passed from generation to generation, reflecting the experience and confidence of our ancestors. Facing the various challenges of our times, we have been noticing the need of constructing modular buildings, becoming a manifest of our nomadic existence. Things need to be built up and/or removed in the blink of an eye. Smaller design objects and all of the artistic installations shown here mirror this idea of nomadism. It could also work as a simplified reinterpretation of a contemporary holy shrine. Confronted with the desire to live up to the incredibly fast-moving reality and the contradicting natural claim for intimacy we turn to these essential forms and geometric assemblages to shelter and protect our sanctum.