Pattern, Glorious Pattern

I must admit I have a strong weakness for patterns. I think as someone who works with architecture I'm supposed to hate them (too much surface! no meaning!), but I just can't bring myself to. I even love Venturi Scott Brown's post-mod pattern phase, which is definitely not cool:

I know, I know, it's gauche and terrible. But I love it.

A few weeks ago, Brown University had one of its annual book sales, and true to form, I bought an insane number of books. That was par for the course. The real problem is the number of foreign language books I ended up with, all because of their seductive papers -- I can't read a lick of German, but ended up with all of these:

But really, can you blame me? Look at the patterns on the covers:

Several of these remind me of the work of the Wiener Werkst├Ątte, but these last pieces especially. They look so much like the work of Dagobert Peche:


Daniel-Halifax said...

i'm sure the neue galerie will buy them off you for a pretty penny!

Anonymous said...

yes indeed! i collect these and i know several others who do too. really lovely stuff. :)

PonderandStitch said...

Oh, wow- I would have loved this book sale!! Those are gorgeous finds.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the chair looked like before the pattern.

-Zane of ontario honey

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