Whether improvising in the kitchen or traveling the globe, Maris Park is a trendspotter who has a knack for finding magic in the mundane. As an industrial designer for Delta Faucet Company, she finds inspiration everywhere—from fashion and pop culture to household goods.
She’s a visual thinker.
To work through a problem, Maris finds it easier to draw or sketch than write out a list. “When I make lists, they’re all visual sketches or illustrations,” she says. “I did this without knowing when I was growing up. In elementary school, instead of laying out my clothes or making a list of things I wanted to wear the next day, or how I wanted to do my hair, I drew everything—every single night.”
“My mom would walk in and there would be piles of papers of my sketches,” she admits. “And I wore a school uniform, so it’s not like there were that many choices.”
Fashion speaks to her.
That early obsession with mapping out every detail of the perfect outfit is now helping Maris visualize the next generation of kitchen and bath products. “I’m kind of the resident trendspotter on our team. I bring back industry trends, colors, designs and materials,” she says. “Fashion is my favorite inspiration, and the one that naturally fits me.”
She enjoys studying how various patterns and materials work together to create unique designs—and once designed a clothing line made of household goods, such as newspapers and aluminum cans.
Her advice: be passionate and inspiration will find you.
“I think that inspiration can be found anywhere. If you start at a place that you’re passionate about, it segues into a whole other world of interests and passions. You don’t have to look far.”
Magic in the mundane.
Maris’ eye for the unconventional isn’t limited to how everyday household items can be crafted into haute couture. Her travels with our design team have also shown her that ideas often come from the most unexpected places.
“We recently went to both Sydney and Melbourne, but it wasn’t just the metropolitan places we visited that provided culture and inspiration, but the rural parts in between,” she says. “During that coastal road trip, it was really cool seeing the different types of personal styles people had.”
She reflects, “I feel like a lot of people find inspiration from different cultures, what people are into in media and what they see on the street. But in those isolated rural communities, they do not have access to that. It’s just a different way of living.”
Maris, thank you for sharing a bit of what inspires you. We’re sure your next design will be perfectly on-trend. Get to know some of our other designers—Seth