I have always kept my memories of Hotel Tassel tucked in the back of my mind. Victor Horta was excessive, but I understood his love toward organic geometry. I appreciate his work for the freedom it has, but I will always want more purpose in design. I need functional ideas to drive the form as much as aesthetics, or else its potential to remain timeless is lessened.
My next task is connecting his work to the botanical detail of Roman temple fronts, the humanistic approach of the Renaissance, as well as Horta’s contemporaries within the Arts and Crafts movement (John Ruskin, William Morris, and Phillip Web).
Again, how does this fit into the discussion of familiarity and comfort in the home or identity in public.
What if everything was made of wood, or at least the parts you touch? As electronic devices and plastic surfaces supplement the natural finishes of out-dated products, the flexibility of veneers can add back the lost touch of wood.
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Their work is beautifully intricate. The documentation of their work shows the level of detail that they work at. Zoom-ins show the actual fiber of the paper, making it easy to imagine them working with the material literally inches away from their eye.