When it comes to any niche discipline, there are always a myriad of terms that one should get acquainted with if they want to sound like they know what they are talking about.
We have brought you previous articles such as Décor Glossary: 10 Terms You Really Should Know and Décor Glossary: 10 (More) Terms You Should Know to expand your decor and design vocabulary and because we like spreading the knowledge of design so much, we just could not help ourselves to add some more.
Guest writer and interior designer Janine Saal delves in deeper to bring you 10 more terms to commit to memory if you want to be ‘in the know’.
The Italian for ‘fresh plaster’, fresco is a particularly durable method of wall painting using watercolors and precious metals on wet plaster. Some of the world’s most famous frescos are Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and St Marks Basilica in Venice Italy. Frescos were often used to tell Biblical stories to the largely illiterate congregation or to celebrate stories of the past as shown in St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy.
This is the study of the relationship between people and their environment. The concept is to use an object with the least amount of effort and maximum amount of comfort. It will be immediately apparent how to use an item that has been well designed. For instance, we are all quite aware of how to use a knife by the way that it has been designed with the cutting end on the one side and the handle on the other.
Of, relating to, or based upon modules or a module. In design it refers to an object designed with standardised units or dimensions for ease of assembly and flexibility of use. Modular furniture has been mass produced post war and the advent of mass production. IKEA has built their brand on modular furniture design. Local examples can be found in every home décor store around the country as well as from Egg.
One of the elements identified by Le Corbusier, who was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of what is now called modern architecture. Piloti are essentially structural columns that support all eight of the structure and release the plan and the facade from structural constraints. Le Corbusier used it primarily in his designs of his Villas. Local examples of such houses can be seen in Camps Bay along the mountain side.
A series of rooms linked to each other without the use of a corridor or other circulation space. This was the normal spatial arrangement within all buildings before the seventeenth century and is nowadays particularly noticeable in picture galleries and stately homes. This form is still normal in most museums and galleries.
A framework placed above a window for a decorataive purpose (to conceal curtain fixtures and hide the curtain rod) or for practical purposes such as to insulate the window by blocking the exterior currents and drafts form the outside from coming into the interior. It can be made of different finishes and also sometimes called ‘cornice boards’.
An upholstered footstool large enough to be used as seating, often referred to as an ottoman, the hassock is more similar to the pouf than is the ottoman though. However, the hassock was originally conceived as a kneeler or footstool. The true hassock, then, is shorter and smaller than a pouf. Over the course of time the word hassock has become more often associated with the utility of a pouf, and often the words can be used interchangeably to describe the same thing.
The Demilune table (pronounced dem-ee-loon) is also referred to as “demi-lune”. This distinctive table graces the wall in which it is placed against. Demilune is French for “half moon” and is also referred to as ‘half round’, ‘half circle’ or ‘crescent’. The defining feature of a Demilune table is it its shape which is used to flank the wall it stands against.
This is a French word that means “in the Chinese taste”. It describes a European style of decorative ornament that was wildly popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and still looks great today. Scenes of the Orient abound on textiles, wallpapers, pottery, porcelain, and lacquered and painted furniture. The design holds an endless fascination with exotic locales which gives the designs relevance even today.
A coverlet is a lightweight, non-reversible bedspread that is usually either quilted or woven. Classically designed as a decorative layer to go over thicker bedspreads, coverlets often have a thin layer of batting, making them appropriate for use as a stand-alone bed covering, depending on the weight. They can also be used as throws on a bed or sofa. This makes for a perfect addition to a cool summer’s day, of which we are sure to see plenty off in the coming months.
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