Ask anyone in the design industry where they get their inspiration from and they’re bound to say everywhere and anywhere. Creative people are stimulated by almost anything, but sometimes something can spark a design idea that isn’t that easy to translate into an interior or exterior scheme. Translating a notion into a creation be difficult.

This month, Inex travels to the 400-year-old historic, walled city of Gruyères, Switzerland. Hidden behind the walls of a Medieval château sits something truly out of this world, HR Giger’s bar. With every turn there is something otherworldly – skeletal bucket seats fill the cavernous room and arches of vertebrae criss-cross overhead. Immersed in the belly of a creature, visitors can grab a drink and admire the grotesque yet oddly beautiful bone-covered interior of this bar. Turn to page 18 to experience this extraordinary setting.

The quirky interior choice of this bar works incredibly well for a social environment, but is it possible to take a little bit of HR Giger inspiration to a home interior? Designer Philip Watts proves it is on page 77. His spine-tingling staircase creation, made from cast aluminium with a steel armature, shows bones can be chic and appealing. The blend of melting metal and vertebrae makes a striking focal point in a home in unassuming Northampton.

If you’re searching for some inspiration, this issue is jam-packed full of all the best show previews kicking off in September. Grab your diary and turn to page 98 to make sure you don’t miss a thing this show season.

I hope you enjoy this edition. Don’t forget, you can also access all of Inex’s features and product inspiration at your fingertips via the magazine’s state-of-the-art app. To download your version free of charge, simply search ‘Inex-online’ on the App Store or Google play.

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