Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Darrin S. Brooks (Committee Chair)
Darrin S. Brooks
How can a historic precedent be successfully employed to inform modern design? History will always provide a degree of influence in contemporary design. In design, a historic precedent can be the backbone of a creative concept and stands as a relevant and informative aspect throughout the project. The precedent acts as a basis in developing designs with substance and meaning and is a fundamental practice in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design. Delving into the history of Vaux-le-Vicomte, often referred to as Vaux, provided three relevant aspects which compose the historic precedent for this MFA project. First, the creative initiative between owner, architect, artist (interior designer), and gardener which produced a harmonious and ingenious outcome. Second, the dynamic relationship between Fouquet and the king of France, Louis XIV. And finally, the long-lasting influence of the innovative results on the fields of architecture, gardens, and interior design. These three aspects act as a historic precedent and the guiding principles in developing a collection of custom patterns inspired by Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Harmon, Jill Christine, "Mélange de Motifs: Custom Pattern Designs Inspired by the Interiors, Architecture, and Gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte" (2021). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1578.
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