Developing a New System of Ornament

Exciting design studio updates!

Last week in Jeffery Katz’s design studio, students were dealing with the development of ornamentation based on images from the interior of an 1861 apartment at 22 Commonwealth Avenue. The analysis of this ornamentation led to the development of a series of drawings that demonstrate how the ornamentation can be abstracted and transformed into a new system. The role these systems plays with respect to light, spatial quality, spatial definition, scale, volume, texture, geometry, order, hierarchy, sequence, and framing were all understood. The result became a logical, well-considered route from the images to a new ornamental system that is culturally and aesthetically relevant.


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