A few months ago, I posted about T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and his delightful book. I was reading 1st Dibs today and they had him featured as their Spotlight Designer. Take some time to look at 1st Dibs, it's a wealth of information. As they mention, it's not only important to look at today's myriad design names, but to also look at past design stars. Mr. R-G was inspired by designs from the past, often using classical Greek and Roman furniture for a contemporary look.
While we look to the future for new opportunities, we should also look into the past for inspirations.