Donna Gorman’s fresh, colorful and innovative work graces the products made and sold by some of the best names in contemporary design…… like Crate & Barrel and Marimekko, where she was vice president of licensing and design until 1992, when she started her own design firm retaining Marimekko as a client, See Design.
Trained as a photojournalist, Donna Gorman has kept the photojournalist’s instinct for connecting with details of everyday life. Her designs are often born in the images she captures with her camera during her travels to singular, eye-catching locales like Morocco, India, or rural Mexico. The photographs serve as inspiration- visual field notes- to be transformed with brush and vivid colors into paintings that are ultimately reproduced in her designs.
Here are some of my favorites from her collection.