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March 21, 2012

Eclectic Design

by tmariedesignwatches

Have You Ever Heard of Eclectic Design? 

I having gone to school for interior design never really had this term explained to me. So, I did some digging and this is what I found and just thought, maybe, how many others out there may not know what this term is. We’re used to the terms Transitional, or Contemporary, Traditional, and Modern. But what bout Eclectic? What comes to mind when you hear this word?

After having dug around to see what this most interesting term meant I soon found that I believe that more of the designs I love are Eclectic. It was brought to my knowledge that Johan Joachim Winckelmann was the founder of the term “eclectic” and this word was used to correct a piece of art from combining classical traditional with elements from the Renaissance.

“Ok, That sounds Weird, Right?” Renaissance and classical traditional together? Yes, folks but it’s more that just that. In the article I read “Understanding Eclectic Style in Interior Design,” by Mykola Stepanyuk says

” The philosophy behind the art movement, called eclectic style, is simple as this: to combine elements or particular styles from different time periods and different origins within a single project.”

OK now that makes sense right? Or not? Well when you are mixing two different designs you do not want clutter or things that are not appealing to the eye. You want to keep harmony within the two styles. According to eclecticism is defined as “a tendency in architecture and the decorative arts to mixvarious historical styles with modern elements with the aimof combining the virtues of many styles or increasingallusive content.”  Following by the recent article defines eclecticism as: eclectic style is a combination of styles in order to design an environment, which would have a great look, artistic taste, and a specific connective element, which would make the whole design look as one piece of work (Stepanyuk).


Here are a few examples:

March 2, 2012

Marcel Breuer

by tmariedesignwatches

Marcel Breuer

He developed the prototype of a residential skyscraper which, in the coming, would be built by others of an architectural cooperative. His first architectural project was the Harnischmacher House in Wiesbaden, 1932 (almost destroyed during the war). Breuer moved to the United States in 1937 and soon became a professor at Harvard University. His designs were UNESCO building in Paris, “De Bijenkorf” department store in Rotterdam, United States Embassy in the The Hauge, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Sedia Chair (1928), Poltrona – arm chair (Wassily, 1925) which was the first arm chair produced in steel tube and was called Wassily because it was designed for the Wassily Kandinsky at the Bauhaus.

Poltrona – arm chair (Wassily, 1925)

Sedia Chair (1928)

Marcel Breuer