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Residence, Decorative Wall Plates (2007)*

Artist/Designer: Designer Unknown

Project Location: United States

Figure 1: Plates as Polka Dots. Source: Dean Shareski, Plates on a wall. 2007, Digital Image. Available from Flickr. ( Source | Accessed : December 23, 2013 | Photographer: Dean Shareski )


Primary Material(s):

Residential Structure

Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
21st Century

Additional Information:
Project Description:
The polka dot is such a recognizable and familiar motif that we see it not only in nature but in decorative objects that in and of themselves stand alone. The arrangement of these plates highlights their round shape, alluding to their role as a dot in a larger polka dot pattern. In a post-modern twist, the pastiche of this arrangement remains friendly and approachable, evoking the emotions associated with the jolly polka dances of the nineteenth century. Unified unto itself and a distinct feature of the room's composition, the mere suggestion of a polka dot pattern is enough to season the interior with a feminine air.

Publications/Text in Print:
Patternity. Patternity. A New Way of Seeing: The inspirational power of pattern. London: Conran, 2015.

O'Meara, Kristi. The Pattern Base: Over 550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015.

Stewart, Jude. Patternalia: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2013.

Decorative arts, polka dots, plates, wall decoration, pattern, ceramic

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