Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Learn your Louis.....

Do you know your Louis? If not, this wall at the Louvre's Musee des Arts Decoratifs might help. Talk about reference library! The colors against the dark backdrop take my breath away.
Click the photo to get a closer view.

21 comments:

La Maison Fou said...

Lovely......
L

Lauren said...

Oh I LOVE this!!! Too funny I just started writing a post on the 3 Louis!! When I finally finish will be sure to link up to this!! :)

xoxo

Terry said...

Got the Judith Miller book "Chairs" for Christmas. So I'm enjoying chairs more than I though possible. This variation on a theme shows how great the theme is. One idea in the book is that when chairs stated to "lighten up," they started to get interesting.

David said...

We didn't make it here last time, but it's definitely on my list for next trip. Have you been to the Victoria & Albert in London?

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I love architecture and you always have an interesting post. How fun would it be to have a collection of these hanging...perhaps on a loft wall as art? I am new to blogging and slowly finding other locals.

pve design said...

Oh I would want them all on a wall!
99 chairs on a wall.....
pve

Kwana said...

How cool is that? Love it.

magnaverde said...

This is a great way to learn about the nuances of classic French chair design as it evolved over the years.

I haven't been to Paris, but my favoite part of the Metropolitan Museum in NY (after the period rooms, of course) is the Henry Luce Study Galleries, where you can see a ton of furniture piled up chock-a-block style, at eye level so you can study & compare the details at close range.

home before dark said...

Wow! All that is missing is a soundtrack of Louie, Louie to make this surreal even wilder!

Karena said...

Very dramatic indeed!Fabulous!

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

I love these Louis', all lined up like little soldiers, so matter-of-factly! They take on a bizarrely human appearance, it's fantastic. Lauren

Ashfield Hansen Design Inc. said...

Fantastic! I love it!
David @ Ashfield Hansen Design

YSLGuy said...

Gasp!

Swoon...

Faint!!

Those are amazing!

Leah Moss said...

Breathtaking for sure! I wish that every style had this type of 3D visual reference.

Summer is a Verb said...

They should have back lit them like in the Valentino movie! XXOO

custardbydesign said...

what a picture...

what a picture...!!!

Thomas said...

Very neat and smart. i like alot.

Renee Finberg said...

i am with custard!!!!
what a picture!!!

i love chairs, so i love this.
xxx

soodie :: said...

i would love even a poster of this.

agreed, like so many others how fabulous to anchor your favorite chairs against a wall.

Reggie Darling said...

Now of course I know all of your readers are intimately familiar with the differences between the Louis' XIV, XV, and XVI, but are all able to also recognize the characteristics of Louis Farouk and its cousin, Bay Ridge Louis? It's important to know those Louis' as well...

Marnie said...

have you ever gone to Yale's furniture Study? It is a great resource - i did a post on it a while back - http://mrrdesign.blogspot.com/2009/10/for-anyone-interested-in-american.html
or go directly to Yale's site