When I was in college studying Interior Design, I couldn’t quite give up my love for English Literature.
I decided to take it on as my minor, and in one of my last literature courses in college, we were discussing a movie clip we had seen which depicted an Art Deco Interior. Somehow, I got into a heated debate with a fellow classmate who believed that interior and architectural design was superfluous.
Because I had just been steeped in three and a half years of design history and rarely was challenged about the worth of design, this argument has stuck with me. His main argument was that architects and designer’s sole purpose was to come in after the fact and make stuff look prettier. Since Art Deco is such a rich movement, this really boiled my blood. Good design solves the utilitarian function problem in an appealing way. And Art Deco celebrated modernity so well, I was shocked that he had missed it.
I was reminded of this argument when I started doing some research for this Design Crush Tuesday.
Awnings developed as the rise of cities came about during the industrial age. It was a functional problem solver as a way to shade store fronts from the sun- keeping both the interiors cooler and the store displays from fading. Today we see them used on both store fronts and homes alike- and I must say I am SO loving them lately.
While traveling in Paris we waltzed by the Hôtel Plaza Athénée which has bright red awnings over each window. While making the decision to put up awnings to shade the interior, they attentively also had their eye on the “curb appeal” of their façade. Symmetry and repetition make these bright red awnings to die for and possibly one of the most pinterested views of Paris I have seen.
And while they are a great choice for city streets for shoppers, I am loving that I have been seeing more homes following this very practical trend for outdoor window treatments. I’ve seen more and more scallops and double scallops and pretty stripes in all colors!
They can be such a classy element to many a building front which makes them a no brainer for my second installment of Design Crush Tuesday.
See some of my pinterest inspiration here!
Happy day, friends, thanks for following along. What do you think, have you noticed some pretty awnings somewhere? I'd love to hear about them since I'm always looking for inspiration!
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