Our fascination with
the Greek key motif has been a repetitive detail in many of the elements in design that we find
essential in creating a warm and inviting space.
The familiar pattern is an important classical motif of right angled and vertical lines that is a common design element in many of today's interiors.
In art and architecture, a meander or meandros is a decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif. Such a design is also called the Greek fret or Greek key design, although these are modern designations. On the one hand, the name "meander" recalls the twisting and turning path of the Maeander River in Asia Minor, and on the other hand, as Karl Kerenyi pointed out, "the meander is the figure of a labyrinth in linear form". Among some Italians, these patterns are known as Greek Lines.
Meanders are common decorative elements in Greek art and Roman art. In ancient Greece they appear in many architectural friezes, and in bands on the pottery of ancient Greece from the Geometric Period onwards. The design is common to the present-day in classicizing architecture
Greek key motif on Carnival glass
John Barman's interiors in the recent New York Spaces magazine
The refined checkerboard of PLUSH BOXES introduces a strong graphic to the Pure collection, with a motif as classically appropriate as a Greek key design. A striae of linen, cotton and a touch of lustrous polyester forms the background grid for precise rectangles of plush velvet and alternating ridged squares, both woven with the viscose and silk warp. The Greek key inspired textiles are from Mark Pollack's Autumn 2010 collection http://www.pollackassociates.com/
Travelers, scientists, and Renaissance men carefully collected objects representing the vast complexity of creation, showcasing their own encyclopedic knowledge of the world through their ownership of naturalia (natural oddities), artefacta (ancient objects), and scientifica (man-made instruments). Theowner of a Wunderkammer used his collection to assert dominance over the natural and human world, showcasing his intellect, experience and taste through the variety and complexity of his collection. Skeletons, insects, fossils, and bird’s nests were collected alongside works of art, scientific instruments, and ancient texts and artifacts. As the practice became popular, the emerging middle-class clamored for their own, smaller collections, and soon ready-made small cabinets of curiosities, often with secret compartments, pre-filled with curiosities, were available for purchase. Collections of this sort remained popular in the Baroque and Victorian periods.
John Thompson has been involved in the Portland design community for over 23 years. He is considered an expert in the home furnishings industry.He has been a mercer of the finest designer textiles and quality home furnishings.He has also provided interior design services to his clients for their homes which ranged from colour consultations,selecting hard surfaces, selecting textiles for window treatments and upholstery of new and existing furniture, laying out furniture on spec drawings, and lighting consultations.
John Thompson Designer has created interiors for some of the finest homes in the Portland,Oregon including executives of Nike and Tripwire. Some of his other design projects include condos in the Pearl and downtown, a guest house above a horse stable in the NW hills, homes in the Alameda and Irvington neighbourhoods as well as a homes in Nevada and a modern family lodge in the Northern California mountains.
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