An excellent resource for artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, or anyone interested in the decorative arts First published in 1856, 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 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. New Read [ The Grammar of Ornament ] By [ Owen Jones ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk
Librarian Note There isthan one author by this name in the Goodreads data base.Owen Jones 15 February 1809 19 April 1874 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 today.He rose 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 19th century design reform Jones was also responsible for the interior decoration and layout of exhibits for the Great Exhibition building of 1851, 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 today.Jones 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 textiles.Source Wikipedia.
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