Saturday, March 12, 2011

HD3: Mansart & Le Vau & Light

I was so pleased to receive 99% (!!) for HD3. I worked hard on it, and found the Baroque era very interesting, although a little ostentatious for my taste! I decided to put my essay outlines to help people get started on what to write about. Please leave a comment if you have any other ideas...

Question 1: Mansart & Le Vau

1. Introduction to Baroque era and architects
2. Background on Mansart (date of birth, education, mentors etc)
3. Mansart's first designs - incl. details that became characteristic of his style
4. Further expansion on Mansart's designs - details on how style has developed
5. Mansart's most preeminent work/final masterpiece
6-9. (Repeated essentially the same structure for Le Vau)
10. Summary

Question 2: The use of light in the Baroque
1. General introduction to the philosophy of light in the Baroque era
2. Why light (or things that created light) were significant - centre of life, philosophy, status, interest in outdoors/gardens
3-4. How light was created in architecture (look at pierced vaulted ceilings, window designs)
5. Artifical lighting (candleabras, fireplaces etc)
6. Mirrors
7. Use of light with furniture (i.e. gilding, lacquering, silvering etc)
8. Summary

I don't know if these books are available where you are (but if they're all the way down in Australia, they should be elsewhere) but some books you might want to look up (apart from good old John Pile) include:

§ Lucie-Smith, E. (1979). Furniture: A Concise History. London: Thames and Hudson.

§ Riley, N & Bayer, P (Editor). (2003). The Elements of Design. New York: Free Press.

§ Wolfflin, H. (1975). Renaissance and the Baroque. New York: Cornell University Press.

§ Hersey, G. (2000). Architecture and Geometry in the age of the Baroque. London: The University of Chicago Press.

§ Blunt, A. (1999). Art & Architecture in France 1500-1700. Suffolk: Penguin Books.

§ Norberg-Schulz, C. (1971a). Baroque Architecture. New York: Harry N Abrams, Inc.

§ Norberg-Schulz, C. (1971b). History of World Architecture. New York: Harry N Abrams, Inc.

§ Watkin, D. (1986). The History of Western Architecture (3rd ed.). London: Laurence King Publishing.

§ Blunt, A. (1999). Art & Architecture in France 1500-1700. Suffolk: Penguin Books.

§Watkin, D. (1986). The History of Western Architecture (3rd ed.). London: Laurence King Publishing.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

M9 - An excerpt...

I have finally got back into my Rhodec course properly after graduating from my business degree. I have finished a few assignments and have been getting good marks so I thought I'd put up an excerpt from my M9 assignment to give you guys some ideas...
Fabric C: Lustrell Basket Weave ‘Licorice’

Lustrell Basket Weave is an unusual fabric with a smooth shiny finish. The texture appears to be created through pressing a design into the fabric, as opposed to an actual weave. This fabric is produced by Warwick Fabrics, and is available in six colourways; Licorice (dark brown-black), Hazel (a mid-tone brown), Henna (red-brown), Pearl (cream), Rum (black) and Russett (red-black). It is 140cm wide with a weight of 881gsm. This textile’s dominant factor would be its artificial texture; as a plastic fabric it has no weave.

This textile is 82% PVC, 2% Pu and 16% Polyester, making it extremely heavy duty. Although it would be the perfect choice for heavy duty commercial upholstery, it’s not suitable for drapery due to its heavy handle. Lustrell Basket Weave has a Martindale result of 150,000 cycles, much higher than the other fabrics used here.
Despite its plastic feel, the fabric passes the Schildnecht test for flexing in both length and width. With a colourfastness test greater than seven, Lustrell Basket Weave could be used outside, although it should be protected from direct sunlight. Despite its suitability as a commercial textile, it should be used with care due to its high ignitability index of eighteen. Positively, it does have a low spread of flame index (at zero) and heat evolved index of three.

To keep this fabric in its best condition, it can be wiped down regularly with warm water and should never be cleaned with abrasives or detergent based cleaners. It should also be kept away from direct heat sources.

Lustrell Basket Weave would be perfect in a high use commercial area such as a restaurant or nightclub, due to its high durability and ease of cleaning spills.