While enjoying a lazy Sunday family dinner at my mother’s home and sipping on a delicious glass of wine (Cameron Hughes, Russian River, Lot 91. Just in case my uncle Doug or aunt Barb are reading!), my eyes gazed down to a green Wedgewood box sitting on a bookshelf in the family room. My mother has had it ever since I can remember. I guess it was passed down from her mother… I’ve never thought much about it. But lately, I have been reading in interior design magazines and blogs talk about how everything old is now new again. This green box got me thinkin’ about Neoclassical design style and how it’s used now in current design. According to Wikipedia, Neoclassicism is the name given to distinct movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature and architecture that draw upon classical art and culture, usually that of Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome.
So if there is any “old style” then Neoclassical would have to be one of the oldest!
(Wedgewood is an unglazed stoneware that originally was stained blue, green, lilac or black, with white bas-relief appliques in classical themes such as ancient Roman, Greek or Egyptian mythologies.)
Here are some great examples of the Neoclassical style and how it is used in furniture and interior design today.