Thursday, October 1, 2009

So Much Of Architectural Hardware Is Greek To Me

Most agree that the modern era of architectural hardware design began following World War I with the introduction of what is now referred to as the Art Deco period. Unlike the Art Deco period, which drew inspiration from modern and at times futuristic themes; much of prior architectural themes can be traced back to ancient times. American hardware design of the 1800's and early 1900's reflected styles that were popular in Europe. In turn, much of what was popular in Europe were borrowed themes popular in ancient Greece.

Ribbon & Reed Design
As its name implies, ribbon and reed themed hardware features a design of reeds bound together by ribbons. The design was popular in France in the late 1700's but its origin can be traced to its appearance in the Greek ruins of the great city of Pompeii. The ribbon and reed design can be found on door stops produced by IDH hardware and reproduction door hardware by Brass Accents.

Greek Key Design
The Greek Key design is possibly the most recognizable architectural element borrowed from ancient Greece. Consisting of interlocking waves of right angles, the Greek key motif can be found on everything from the facades of commercial and governmental buildings to home furnishings. The Greek key pattern can be found on stair rod brackets and carpet holders from Brass Elegans.

Egg & Dart Design

The egg and dart pattern consist of series of egg shaped forms with darts, arrows, or similar shapes wedged in between. Variations of this ancient pattern can be found in the design of wood and stone moldings. Reproduction door plate sets from Nostalgic Warehouse and switchplate covers from Brass Elegans also feature the egg and dart pattern.

Fleur De Lis Design
The Fleur De Lis, which translates to “flower of the lily”, has for centuries served as a symbol of the French monarchy. Today the Fleur De Lis remains a common decorative element. The Fleur De Lis symbol can be found on a number of products offered by Shop 4 Classics. The symbol appears within the bowl of a copper sink and on tapestry holders from Brass Elegans. And, if you look real close, you will notice the Fleur De Lis on the backplate of the L' Enfant doorplate set by Brass Accents.

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