“The more, the merrier.”
From the mid- 1800's up to the start of the new century, we find a new stylistic period which we called the Victorian Era. During this time, we find that the interiors which people occupied, were very dark and enclosed as they were trying to “protect” themselves from the outside world. The only word that can do these interiors justice is clutter, and we see that every inch of these interiors has a sort of decoration and ornamentation. The occupants essentially filled their environments with material things which described their personalities and on an even deeper note, their values and morals.
One of the biggest influences to the Western world from the East would be pattern. The Eastern world embraced pattern as it was an important factor of their lives. The time put into creating these pieces of art produced beautiful and intricately designed fabrics used for clothing, decoration, and ornamentation. We can see similarities between the floral pattern in the cloth and the floral art on the vase. The vase is from the Victorian period, and carries many of the same qualities as the pattern as the flowers bring life to the things in which they inhabit, saying in a broader sense something about the owners of these things. It creates movement, which later becomes important to the Western world.
The art of the Eastern world will always stand out as it's style is easily recognizable. Its intricate, yet simple detail makes it an innovative approach when mixed in with the design world. Many designers are easily found who appreciate and readily become inspired by this art to create and design spaces which exemplify the Eastern world. The Peacock Room, designed by Thomas Jeckyll, is a prime example to us of what “Interior Architecture” really is. As we discover that there is not one tangible item within the room that has not been thought about and integrated into the design, the dining room which lies in the Western world, embodies many styles of the East. The built-in shelving, wall filigree and art, vases, and even the molding and ceiling ornamentation show characteristics of the Eastern world.
So close and relative in design language are the Taj Mahal and the Royal Pavilion, but so far away are their geographic locations, as the first lies in India, and the second lies in Great Britain. We find it popular in the East that the exteriors hint upon their interiors, giving onlookers a more curious approach as to whatever may lie within the inside. The domes which are seen in both buildings add interest and give them their personality, as do the architectural points which stand tall. Both buildings are close in context with water which enhances their themes, interior and exterior, of the “exotic.”
Last, but not least we come to the fourth and final form of place. This form I feel closely relates to the previous, as the exotic theme is still carried through the interiors I have chosen. The top image being an interior in India, and the lower image being an interior in England, both of these capture an individual through color. The colors from this part of the Eastern world are bright and vibrant, and enhance excitement within a person. This seems a very appropriate aspect to carry through to market buildings in the Western world, such as the Great Exhibition as buyers and sellers from all over the world would gather here to exchange commerce. Joseph Paxton, the designer of this building not only created a beautiful place, but also mood to enhance the profit margins of the merchants and the contentment of the purchasers.
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