Archive for the ‘Modern baroque’ Category


January 31, 2007

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That chair is the perfect expression of what’s going on right now,” said Calgary-based interior designer Monica Stevens, who had flown into town for the recent four-day event. “It’s a bergère, but it’s acrylic. It’s a sign of the times. It’s the minimal shape, but it’s luxurious.”

Call it nouveau traditional. But there’s nothing staid about this new interior design aesthetic. It’s about reinterpreting tradition from a contemporary perspective: A Louis XVI chair becomes thoroughly modern in clear polycarbonate; a wallpapered den looks perfectly 21st- century with a wallpapered ceiling, and an otherwise low-key sitting room reverberates anew with lemon walls.

David Shah, trend expert with international publications such as Textile View and Viewpoint, called the mood “glambaroque” in a recent Newsday article. “It’s an eclectic mixture of colour, pattern, shape, material. . . . It’s about clutter. It’s about putting lots of things together; it can be rococo, baroque, mixed with something personal. It’s full of surprises. It really harks back to the excesses of the 19th-century boudoir.


Go modern

January 31, 2007

In contemporary culture the term “baroque” is also commonly used to describe any artistic style that could be extremely elaborate, ornamented or adorned. In reality, the modern usage of baroque has nothing or very little to do with classic baroque, even though many people are unaware of the distinction.

Modernism is about architecture according to a stripped down functionalist aesthetic ,specifically avoiding applied classically derived ornament .

Postmodernism is a reactionary response to modernism, in which the aesthetic consciously uses historical references, often in the form of abstracted classicism, in an attempt to produce a more culturally connected expression.

Postmodern architecture is an international style whose first examples are generally cited as being from the 1950s, and which continues to influence present-day architecture. Postmodernity in architecture is generally thought to be heralded by the return of “wit, ornament and reference” to architecture in response to the formalism of the International Style of modernism. As with many cultural movements, some of postmodernism’s most pronounced and visible ideas can be seen in architecture. The functional and formalized shapes and spaces of the modernist movement are replaced by unapologetically diverse aesthetics: styles collide, form is adopted for its own sake, and new ways of viewing familiar styles and space abound.

Modernist architects regard post-modern buildings as vulgar and cluttered with “gew-gaws”. Postmodern architects often regard modern spaces as soulless and bland. The divergence in opinions comes down to a difference in goals: modernism is rooted in minimal and true use of material as well as absence of ornament, while postmodernism is a rejection of strict rules set by the early modernists and seeks exuberance in the use of building techniques, angles, and stylistic references.