Design Matters: Add Spice to Your Work


A dash of ornament highlights a form.
By George R. Walker
Pages: 22-23

From the November 2010 issue # 186
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Thanksgiving at our house means shoehorning 14 guests into a dining room meant for eight, football on the television and the aroma of Barb’s sage dressing filling the house. Every year she makes a bigger batch (last year it was 56 cups) and every year it seems there is only a smidgen left over. She knows just the amount of seasonings to bring out that signature flavor that makes the whole meal sparkle.

I like to think of ornament in furniture design similar to the spices we add to food. It serves to bring out the underlying flavors or in the case of furniture, enhance the underlying bones of a form.

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From the November 2010 issue # 186
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