Thursday, February 8, 2018

Owen Jones' The Grammar of Ornament

Above, top, color plate from The Grammar of Ornament, 1856. TGoO was originally published in installments for subscribers. Owen Jones's illustrated plates and design motifs drew from nineteen different cultures including the ornament of Oceania, Rome, Byzantium, ancient Greece, Renaissance Italy, Rome, and Moorish Spain. The Grammar was adapted to architectural decoration, fabrics, textiles, tile design, furniture and wallpaper during the second half of the nineteenth century. It has remained influential among designers worldwide. The book feels a bit like anthropology:

and the history of design. Jones' narrative is quite engaging.

Here is a great site for the book.