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Monday, December 6, 2010

GREEK is key

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[1] 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".[2] 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












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Greek key motif on Carnival glass
 


John Barman's interiors in the recent New York Spaces magazine

the cut velevet on the sofa is from Clarence House
Available through the interior design trade only


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/





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