Monday, July 21, 2008

A rare pearl : "Grammar of Ornament"

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Yesterday , I had the chance to visit "Design Cities" , an exhibition where are shown different objects,photos and description about the cities where first changes of modernism,change and revolution of design were seen.
This exhibition is held in Istanbul Modern Museum of Arts. Please click to the museum's site to learn more about this exhibition.
For more infos and photos please visit the museum site as it was forbidden for us to take photos:(

But what I mainly want to talk in this post ; is this brilliant book, I had the chance to learn yesterday while visiting the exhibition.
It's a book named "Grammar or Ornament" .This book , has the importance of a bible in ornament culture and was writen aiming to serve as an encyclopedia for the design and ornament.
Owen Jones (1809-1874) is the writer of this superb work.
Owen Jones was a architect and ornamental interior designer .His interior design work were very well known and famous through all the high society families of time. He also was instrumental in the application of chromolithography to book ilustration.In his early world travels , he was so much affected by the Eastern designs ,that he used these ones by reproducing them in his books.These patterns also influenced the English caperts,wallpaper and furniture's style.
This very special book of his , is a masterpiece of the 19th century , with a very special presentation of ornamental motifs from the ancient world ,up to the Renaissance era.Different motifs of different countries of the world are found here (e.g.ornaments of savage tribes ,chinese,hindu,italian,persian,egyptian,assyrian,greek,roman,byzantine,arabian,moresque etc etc).Also general principles of the arrangement of form and colour,in architecture and decorative arts may be found in this book.
What makes it a creation provocative book is making possible the creation of new designs and ornaments,by following the principles of the other 37 propositions.
As it is told , the design theory of the Grammar of Ornament , is modern,scientific, follower of known patters ,free of deliberated historicism , operating by specific principles to create an ornament for every kind of decoration.

I think that this is a great book,that everyone (not just the ones related to this sector )
would enjoy.
But , I still haven't told you the best part of it:)
You may find the total of this book for free (with all the patterns included ) : here
Isn' t so cool? I'm so happy to have run accross;)

By the way, Illuminated books is a lovely site with different illuminated books,all for free..So enjoy!


e paditur said...

Eni dear, shumë faleminderit për linkun e Illuminated Books. Tek po lexoja këtë shkrimin për "The grammar of ornament" kjo më kujtoi që ky libër mund të shikohet dhe si një koleksion "design patterns". Për të tilla ka shkruar në arkitekturë dhe Christopher Alexander. Teoria e tij pastaj u mor nga informaticienët dhe shërbei për të krijuar një rrymë të re në software engineering: si të shkruash software duke u bazuar në një sërë konstruktesh që mund të kombinohen për të krijuar programe të rinj.

eni said...

po ketu qendron e bukura e ketyre librave mendoj e dashur.gezohem qe te pelqeu se dhe mua me terhoqi shume.

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