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Ornament

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William Morris (1834-1896)Subscription

By Paul Davies

Central to the revivial of British textile arts and methods of production, Morris’ life was a constant tustle between his fervent socialist values and a concern with catering to the ‘swinish luxury of the rich’

Chicago Flowering Grid

‘Ornament has always flowered in Chicago’Subscription

By Tom Beeby

[Archive] Ornament could offer the key to a new flowering of architectural expression

AR Archive

Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879)

Folio: Viollet-le-Duc's ornamental sideSubscription

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A man of contradictions, the structural rationalist le-Duc was also a dab hand at ornamentation

Egyptian lotus capitals, from Owen Jones' The Grammat of Ornament, 1968

‘Ornament is the language through which architecture communicates with a broader public’Subscription

By Edwin Heathcote

Minimalism may symbolise luxury, but it could be time to refamiliarise ourselves with our decorative roots

LoosIndex

Adolf Loos (1870-1933)Subscription

By Paul Davies

Controversial in both private and professional circles, the life and work of Loos are reviewed by Paul Davies

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Outrage: ‘The anti-ornament hysteria is thankfully now at the bottom of the dustbin’Subscription

By Timothy Brittain-Catlin

Elevations, bizarrely neglected, should invest buildings with significance

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Outrage: ‘There is a silent agreement in contemporary British architecture: you may deploy ornament, but never too much’Subscription

By Adam Nathaniel Furman

Tasteful restraint is pandering to planners and the public

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