Debuting today is a new column, Design Dictionary. In it I hope to develop a useful, pictorial reference for common design terms. I created a new category called, “Design Dictionary,” on my blog so you can easily search it. Plus I have put together a new Pinterest board , also called “Design Dictionary”. There, you will find images that illustrate the terms because, so often, these concepts are best defined with a picture. I hope to run the column weekly because…..
If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.
ACANTHUS “a CAN thus” : A stylized leaf of the Mediterranean plant, Acanthus spinous, with large prickly leaves used as a popular ornamental motif. Found in ancient Greek architecture to decorate the column capitals of the Corinthian Order (as shown in the first photo). Seen everywhere, but look for it on the legs in Queen Anne and Rococo furniture.
On a trip to Rome, I snapped this shot of a blooming acanthus plant. Look closely at the leaves.