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Designer’s Alphabet – H is for…….

is for Herm or terminus, named after the columns that marked the boundaries between territories in the ancient world. In antiquity, stone markers were often topped with a bust of the pagan god hermes, who among other things was a … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet, G is for………..

Guilloche, (pronounced gil- LOSH) an ornamental carved band consisting of two or more ribbons or ropes flowing in interlaced curves. They show up in an infinite variety of patterns, many based on an intertwined knot. The examples here are from Swan’s … Continue reading

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Designers Alphabet E is for ……….

is for Charles Eastlake (1836 -1906), a major figure in late 19th century design in Britain and America through his iconic book “Hints on Household Taste”. Eastlake took up the banner of William Morris who helped spawn the Arts and Craft movement. … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet D is for ……

is for dividers, aptly called the tool of the imagination. At it’s simplest it’s a pair of sticks joined at a fulcrum, but this simple tool is one of the most profound of human inventions. Dividers give us the ability … Continue reading

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Designers Alphabet – C is for …..

is for cyma (Si’ma), a wave or “S” shaped moulding profile. The profile is called a cyma recta when the ends of the profile extend in a horizontal plane and a cyma reversa (or lesbian cymatium) when the profile extends … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet…B is for Baluster

is for Baluster. A small column or post that supports a handrail. They come in a wide variety of forms and can be cylindrical or square in cross section. This form above, illustrated from James Gibbs “Rules for Drawing” is … Continue reading

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Designer’s Alphabet

Starting this month I’ll be posting a little feature I call the Designer’s Alphabet. A collection of design related trivia with bits of architecture, tools, wood, designers, and obscure facts about furniture design you can wow your spouse with.   I … Continue reading

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