Making a space appear smaller

Darker colours generally make a room feel smaller. But the upside is that they can also add real drama and make a room feel cosy and intimate. In this image all the walls and ceiling are painted in the same colour. This looks very elegant and adds drama and also shows off all that lovely…

Colours can make a space seem bigger or smaller

These before and after images show how light bright colours can make a space appear brighter and bigger. If you want to make a space feel bigger you should use colours in cool tones as they appear to recede. Warm tones will appear to come forward. In this example the woodwork has been painted white and…

The Bauhaus, Itten and Albers.

The Bauhaus was an influential art school founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and ran until before the second world war in 1933, when it was closed by the Nazi’s. The Bauhaus was very influential in the way it taught and because a great many important artists designers and architects worked there. The school believed that…

Modernism

Modernism was a movement in Art, architecture, philosophy and Science that began at the turn of the century but was influenced after the WW1. Life had changed after the war and thinking reflected these changes. Society was ready for change and modernism was enthusiastically embraced. In art and architecture modernism rejected traditional ideas and forms….

Vienna Succession

Detail on the Viennese Succession Building – 1898, Vienna. Joseph Maria Olbrich This is the Vienna Succession Building – 1898 This is Expectation, part of the Stoclet Frieze, c.1909  Gustav Klimt. This frieze was designed for the Palais Stoclet in Brussels. Klimt designed his three murals to include enamels and semi precious stones, mother of pearl…

The Art Deco Style

Ar Deco -is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France just before World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. Art Deco was very popular in the 1930’s. Linear designs, sharp angles and symmetry are present in art…

The Art Nouveau Style

Art Nouveau from about 1890 to the First World War is a style of design and architecture prominent in Europe, Britian and the USA. The style is know for its curvy lines, circles and intricate flowing shapes based on natural forms. Designs were often asymmetrical and highly decorated with flowers and leaf shapes. Stained glass was very…

Interiors by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mackintosh and Gaudi

This is such an iconic building by Frank Lloyd Wright – finished in 1959. The Guggenheim Museum – an Art Gallery in New York. You can start at the top of the slope – no steps and walk down the spiral looking at the art or walk upwards. Either way… a stunning interior. Left: The…

Interiors by Frank Gehry and Santiago Calatrava

This is the Gallery of Ontario in Toronto Canada. The extension was designed by Frank Gehry in 2008. I chose it because I have been and seen this space and had my photo taken here in this light airy walkway. The wood is Douglas Fur. Gehry was brought up in Toronto but this is his…

Interiors of Norman Foster and Richard Rogers

The extension, Great Court and roof around the library at the British Museum by Norman Foster in 2000.  This building cannot fail to impress… impossible not to stand and stare and look up. Make you proud to be British.  Just perfect. Look at those reflections created. 22 Parkside Wimbledon, London. Richard Rogers 1968. Richard Rogers…