Designer’s Alphabet, U is for …..

Some urn forms from Benjamin Asher

Some urn forms from Benjamin Asher

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This Latin V was used for both U and V.

is for urn. This is an example of cross pollination between furniture, architecture, and related decorative arts. The urn or vase form goes far back into pre-history in the ancient world from the clay vessels used for the for a wide range of uses from the utilitarian to the ceremonial. The variety of urn shapes is uncountable and were perhaps the first craft medium to explore graceful curved lines. Urn’s  show up in many furniture designs both as turned objects like decorative finials, but also expressed as a

From the Index of American Design

From the Index of American Design

profile like this vase shaped back splat on a Queen Anne Chair.  If you have a nice example of an urn form integrated into a furniture design, send along a photo to georgewalker.design@gmail.com  I’ll add it to this post.

George R. Walker

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