thinkornamental designer crush #1: Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is a well-known Canadian graphic designer who is known for her complex, highly patterned and ornately ornamented graphic style.  Graphic designer & design educator, Denise Gonzalez Crisp, coined the term: “decorational”, which compliments Bantjes’ graphic style. While decoration and rationality aren’t normally paired with one another, within this concept of the “decorational” – both concepts seem to be symbiotically intertwined, with each part informing the other. Or as Crisp says, “function is completed by ornament.”

Twemlow also notes that “The intricacy necessary to make patterns or to construct ornament suggests that a real attention is being paid to the craft of making and to detail.” This statement perfectly describes the complex design aesthetic of Bantjes.

There is an expressiveness, excessiveness, and freedom that is allowed within the realm of ornament, yielding unique and beautiful outcomes.

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A visual companion to “The Decriminalization of Ornament”

In Alice Twemlow’s essay, The Decriminalization of Ornament, there are several references to designers, galleries, etc., that I was not familiar with. Here’s a handy all-in-one visual companion with links to go along with that essay.

From top left to bottom right

1) Tord Boontje garland light: http://tordboontje.com/

2) Room in the Volkswagon sponsored Project Fox hotel and a video of the hotel’s launch

designers chosen by Die Gestalten

3) Exposif Wallpaper  curated by the Maxalot gallery in Barcelona

4)  Geneviève Gauckler

5) Laurent Fétis

6) a page from a book designed by W.A. Dwiggins

7)a page from Owen Jones’ Grammar of Ornament (1856)

8) Goudy typeface by Frederic Goudy

9) Book cover design by Enid MarxEnglish Popular Art

10) textile design by Hella Jongerius