The Grammar of Ornament

The Grammar of Ornament[EPUB] ✸ The Grammar of Ornament By Owen Jones – Bluevapours.co.uk An excellent resource for artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, or anyone interested in the decorative arts First published in , The Grammar of Ornament remains a design classic Its inspiratio An excellent resource for artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, or anyone interested in the decorative arts First published in , The Grammar of Ornament remains a design classic Its inspiration came from the pioneering architect and designer Owen Jones His observations of decorative art on his extensive travels in Europe and the Near East were employed to improve the poor quality of Western design His goal was to The Grammar PDF \ change the Victorian habit of mixing elements from a wide variety of sources and applying this mix indiscriminately to buildings, graphic design, and products His resulting study is a comprehensive analysis of a remarkable collection of styles of ornamental design from Ancient Egypt and Greece to Imperial China and Renaissance Italy With its sumptuous illustrations, its detailed survey of individual cultures, and its manifesto of General Principles, it offered guidance to the designers of the future In this new edition the designs are further illuminated by Iain Zaczek s perceptive commentaries Hugely influential since its first publication, The Grammar of Ornament inspired great figures such as William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright Contemporary designers, entertained by the archaic charm of Jones s descriptions, are struck by the book s enduring relevance and its soundness regarding the essential principles of good design.

Librarian Note There isthan one author by this name in the Goodreads data baseOwen Jones February April was an English born Welsh architect A versatile architect and designer, he was also one of the most influential design theorists of the nineteenth century He helped pioneer modern color theory, and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still resonate with contemporary designers todayHe rose The Grammar PDF \ to prominence with his studies of Islamic decoration at the Alhambra, and the associated publication of his drawings, which pioneered new standards in chromolithography Jones was a pivotal figure in the formation of the South Kensington Museum later to become the VA through his close association with Henry Cole, the museum s first director, and another key figure in th century design reform Jones was also responsible for the interior decoration and layout of exhibits for the Great Exhibition building of , and for its later incarnation at Sydenham Jones advised on the foundation collections for the South Kensington museum, and formulated decorative arts principles which became teaching frameworks for the Government School of Design, then at Marlborough House These design propositions also formed the basis for his seminal publication, The Grammar of Ornament, the global and historical design sourcebook for which Jones is perhaps best known todayJones passionately believed in the search for a modern style unique to the nineteenth century one which was radically different to the prevailing aesthetics of Neo Classicism and the Gothic Revival He looked towards the Islamic world for much of this inspiration, using his carefully observed studies of Islamic decoration at the Alhambra to develop bold new theories on flat patterning, geometry and abstraction in ornament The VA s Word Image Department holds the world s most comprehensive collection of Owen Jones material including travel sketches, illuminated books, wallpapers and original design drawings for tiles, textiles, furniture, metalwork, interior decoration and architecture Other departments within the museum hold examples of his furniture and textilesSource Wikipedia.

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  • 157 pages
  • The Grammar of Ornament
  • Owen Jones
  • English
  • 06 June 2018
  • 0789476460

10 thoughts on “The Grammar of Ornament

  1. Alun Williams says:

    As I am very interested in geometric patterns, and especially wallpaper tilings and frieze patterns I was very pleased when DK brought out an updated edition of this book It has all the text and illustrations from the 1856 edition, but with many helpful notes added for modern readers.There are separate chapters about the decorative styles of many different civilisations and periods, including ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, the Renaissance, Elizabethan, etc So this is a book you can easil As I am very interested in geometric patterns, and especially wallpaper tilings and frieze patterns I was very pleased when DK brought out an updated edition of this book It has all the text and illustrations from the 1856 edition, but with many helpful notes added for modern readers.There are separate chapters about the decorative styles of many different civilisations and periods, including ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, the Renaissance, Elizabethan, etc So this is a book you can easily dip into for half an hour or so if the ugliness of the modern world is getting to you.The book is also available as a CD, which I should perhaps have bought instead, and may well buy as well one of these days

  2. Inma says:

    I ve kinda read this book already in full, as I have been reading bits here and there for a long time already Fantastic book for anyone interested in design and pattern, it s a wonderful history or anthology of design motifs through different cultures and history.Wonderful Victorian book.

  3. Monica says:

    Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Pompeian, Roman, Byzantine, Arabian, Turkish, Moorish, Indian, Hindu, Chinese, Celtic, Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Italian plus leaves and flowers from nature Monumental, indeed Several versions are in print but if you can swing the Van Nostrand Reinhold printing, it s magnificent God bless the Barnes Noble Sale Annex, but iirc it closed Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, Greek, Pompeian, Roman, Byzantine, Arabian, Turkish, Moorish, Indian, Hindu, Chinese, Celtic, Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, Italian plus leaves and flowers from nature Monumental, indeed Several versions are in print but if you can swing the Van Nostrand Reinhold printing, it s magnificent God bless the Barnes Noble Sale Annex, but iirc it closed

  4. Jennpants says:

    A wonderful tool for labor intensive artists who want to punish themselves through meticulously drawn pen and ink patterns A little bit of history, some possibly outdated categorical distinctions, pretty pictures.

  5. George says:

    this is another great collection from dover, cheap books full of great reference points i like using it for palette ideas and a sort of encouragement to allow ornament to stand on its own without a central subject matter.

  6. Lindsay says:

    Really good reference book for ornamental and pattern design.

  7. F. Zahra Hassan says:

    Excellent books for those who are keen to learn about the Islamic Pattern and ornament design.

  8. Ty Hatch says:

    A great book when you re looking for visual inspiration.

  9. Demetrios Georgalas says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Definitely Jones s studies of the Alhambra were highly significant in the development of both his interest in ornament and his theories of flat pattern, geometry and polychromy Jones and Goury observed that the harmony of Islamic decoration was achieved through the use of primary colours, with secondary and tertiary colours used in the background Jones was appointed as one of the Superintendents of Works for the Great Exhibition of 1851, a showcase of manufactures and industry from around the Definitely Jones s studies of the Alhambra were highly significant in the development of both his interest in ornament and his theories of flat pattern, geometry and polychromy Jones and Goury observed that the harmony of Islamic decoration was achieved through the use of primary colours, with secondary and tertiary colours used in the background Jones was appointed as one of the Superintendents of Works for the Great Exhibition of 1851, a showcase of manufactures and industry from around the world, which would provide inspiration to designers and craftsmen in the new industrial culture of Victorian Britain Jones was responsible for the interior decoration of Joseph Paxton s Crystal Palace, and also the arrangement of the exhibits inside

  10. Sophie (RedheadReading) says:

    As a reference book for artists, this is brilliant From a text point of view, Jones approach to the different cultures in this is peak Victorian, that is to say the Greeks are the pinnacle of learned achievement, Polynesian art is treated in a very noble savages way and apparently Chinese art holds very little value at all As a modern reader, I side eye those conclusions But from a visual reference point, I think it is very useful to have a compendium of patterns and principals on hand to As a reference book for artists, this is brilliant From a text point of view, Jones approach to the different cultures in this is peak Victorian, that is to say the Greeks are the pinnacle of learned achievement, Polynesian art is treated in a very noble savages way and apparently Chinese art holds very little value at all As a modern reader, I side eye those conclusions But from a visual reference point, I think it is very useful to have a compendium of patterns and principals on hand to refer to

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