From Rococo splendor and Victorian gingerbread, to arts and crafts design reform and modernist austerity—ornament and ornamentation has been the subject of much dispute throughout the history of the decorative arts. Is less more? Or is too much never enough?
On February 1, four panelists came together during the Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory to consider these questions and others as they examined ornament, past and future.
Glenn Adamson, senior scholar, Yale Center for British Art and columnist for The Magazine ANTIQUES
Martin Levy, principal, H. Blairman & Sons, London
Adam Charlap Hyman, principal, Charlap Hyman & Herrero, architects
Moderated by Michael Diaz-Griffith, strategic and creative consultant, Material Cult
“Chippendale” chair in in Grandmother pattern, designed by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, 1978–1984, manufactured by Knoll Associates. Photograph by Sailko on Wikimedia Commons.