For the Love of Pattern and Design
I am in love with pattern and design. This love affair started while living in Britain when studying the unlikely subject of historical embroidery. I soon realized that the historic embroidery patterns were reflected from an art style of their time. Pattern from past centuries and other cultures all make their way into my life, one way or the other. Who knows when an element of historic design may be included in a contemporary design that I am working on.
As soon as we got off the train and walked through the entrance to the King Street Station, built in 1906, we were surrounded by a sparkling white interior laden with decoration on the vastly high ceilings and walls.
It seems that the train station was purchased for $10.00 in 2008 by the City of Seattle and they have just done a complete renovation on the building, uncovering a multitude of beautiful decorative elements.
This station is described as Italianate in style. There was a strong wave of architectural Italian influences in the States and other countries in this time period.
The Exchange Building – Walking from King’s St. Station Seattle along 2nd Ave. is a rich experience full of turn of the century visual surprises. Usually we are dashing from one place to the next. This time because we went by train, we could slow down to look. Art Deco reigned supreme on The Exchange Building, built in 1930. 22 floors high, it was at its time the 2nd tallest building in the U.S.A.
The Exchange Building
It was no surprise to me that the architect – John Graham was born in Britain.
There are a series of ogees filled with either floral or squid like patterns on the building front.
Even the man hole covers have distinguishing designs on them.
A brass design with ferns along the way.
There are many such plaques on buildings here.
Cheery smiles and directions