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Designer’s Alphabet, W is for ……

onder – as in a sense of wonder. Most children have it, but adults let it slip away like wind driven clouds. You may experience wonder peering through a microscope, yet it isn’t something you can pin down and dissect. … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, U is for …..

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 … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, T is for ……………

ansu, a name covering a wide range of traditional Japanese storage chests. Often associated with portable movable furniture, tansu chests developed into specialized forms for use on merchant ships, carrying swords, lock boxes for securing valuables, as well as storing … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, S is for …………..

ector, also called by the French, the compass of  proportion. Sectors were the pre-industrial equivalent of a slide rule or a modern calculator. Prior the 19th century, geometry was the dominant means of resolving mathematical problems and the sector was … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, R is for ………

is for Running Dog, also called a Vitruvian Scroll. A running dog is a continuous pattern like a wave or geometric layout usually adorning the flat surface of a frieze. Carved running dog patterns show up in endless variety on … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, Q is for …….

is for quaint. A trade name for a number of lines of furniture produced by the Stickley Brothers in Grand Rapids Michigan. They began using the name “Quaint Mission”, attached to a line of mission inspired furniture and then subsequently … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, P is for …………

erdix, also known as Talus or Calus. A Greek mythological figure, the nephew of Daedalus a skilled craftsman. Perdix apprenticed to Daedalus and under his tutelage was credited with the invention of the first saw fashioned from the backbone of a fish. He … Continue reading

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