Seeing is believing (or is it?)

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check.” M.C. Escher (Dutch graphic artist)

Chicago based Graphic Designer, Thomas Quinn has played with our notion of reality with his creative anamorphic typography project.

 

"Face Reality As It Is" by Thomas Quinn (image by Thomas Quinn)

“Face Reality As It Is” by Thomas Quinn (image by Thomas Quinn)

 

I love that in the right spot the message is crystal clear but a single step shatters the image…

 

Take one step and the image in front of you shatters (image by Thomas Quinn)

Take one step and the image in front of you shatters (image by Thomas Quinn)

 

Close up of "Face Reality As It Is" by Thomas Quinn (image by Thomas Quinn)

Close up of “Face Reality As It Is” by Thomas Quinn (image by Thomas Quinn)

 

I have also been exploring the work of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher who is famous for his images that revolve around the seemingly impossible.

 

Ascending and Descending by M.C. Escher

Ascending and Descending by M.C. Escher

 

What captivates me is that at first glance all appears normal but on closer in section you realise you are faced with a paradox.

 

Waterfall by M.C. Escher

Waterfall by M.C. Escher

 

Hands by M.C. Escher

Hands by M.C. Escher

 

The real skill as an interior designer is knowing how to bend the rules to make the impossible a reality.

Often it comes down to playing with people’s perspective when they are in the space – making the narrow corridor feel spacious or the vast entrance feel welcoming and comfortable.

But unlike the anamorphic illusion you don’t want it to fall apart when someone takes a further step into your creation…

 

 

 

 

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