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Decorative design, Designs for Mosaic and Tessellated Pavements, 1842 - Owen Jones - Framed art Print

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"Designs for Mosaic and Tessellated Pavements" is a decorative design work by Owen Jones (1809-74), based in London in 1842. Jones, an architect of Welsh descent born in England, was not only versatile in architecture and design but also emerged as a leading design theorist of the nineteenth century. His revolutionary work in the field of modern colour theory continues to influence contemporary designers with his ideas around flat patterning and ornamentation.Jones' career took off following his extensive study of Islamic decoration at the Alhambra, and he rose to fame with the publication of his drawings that set a new benchmark in chromolithography. He played a significant role in setting up the South Kensington Museum, now known as the Victoria and Albert Museum, collaborated closely with Henry Cole, who was the museum's first director and also a crucial figure in 19th-century design reform.Jones was of the strong belief that the nineteenth century needed its own distinct modern style, which deviated drastically from the prevailing Neo-Classicism and Gothic Revival aesthetics. He drew a lot of his inspiration from the Islamic world, leveraging his study of Islamic decoration at the Alhambra to evolve theories on flat patterning, geometry, and abstraction in ornamentation.

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Owen Jones, who lived from 1809 to 1874, was a multifaceted architect and designer, and was considered a leading design theorist of the 19th century. His significant contributions had a profound impact on modern aesthetics during the time. Known for his extensive travels, Jones drew a great deal from the Islamic world for his innovative theories on design and colour.

He was among the pioneering architects who studied the Alhambra and was deeply fascinated by its vibrant hues and complex geometrical designs. This profound experience led him to dedicate subsequent years to the development of chromolithography, a chemical printing method that enabled the creation of multicoloured prints, a feat unmatched by existing printing techniques of the time.

This trip to the Alhambra sparked Jones' deep appreciation of colour and his advocacy for its use in all facets of contemporary design. Amidst a 19th-century Britain heavily influenced by historical revivals, Jones sought to forge a distinctive modern style. His design guide, "The Grammar of Ornament," published in 1856, encapsulates his theories and features the finest examples of ornamentation and decoration from various cultures and eras.

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