Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Book Worship Volume VI

Gothic Revival by Megan Aldrich

Now everyone already knows about our problems keeping our library in order. If it is not one tribe of books warring with another, then it is an all out anarchy rebellion with books running everywhere breaking the china and scaring the cats (wait, we don’t have any cats....) Recently we took some time to organize and restore order to our bookcases and ran across a book we had not perused in some time.

We do not know about you but this time of year always brings to mind all things over dramatic, heavy handed and self aggrandizing. What better time for a post on Gothic architecture and design, we said to ourselves? Our favorite book on the subject is Gothic Revival by Megan Aldrich. This luscious and weighty volume published by Phaidon, contains beautifully produced color plates depicting its origins though the revivals in the Victorian era. The astute Dr. Aldrich provides an extensive text covering all aspects of the Gothic style. (Of special interest to us are the bold and mind warping wallpaper and tile designs.)

It seems as though we like our architecture like we like our music (that would be spike clad and drenched in gloom). At the time we purchased this book we envisioned living in an EVIL GOTHIC COTTAGE studded spires and turrets and encrusted with stained glass oriel windows reminiscent of devil’s eyes. (Needless to say, the fore mentioned cottage would need to be surrounded by a demon haunted forest straight out of an Immortal song.) But it turns out that gothic cottages are EXPENSIVE even if they are only mildly bad tempered and not actually evil (so yet another architectural related daydream cast to the wayside…)
We hope a wicked and sublime Winter Solstice was had by all!

Gothic Revival by Megan Aldrich
© 1994 Phaidon Press Ltd London
ISBN 0 7148 2886 6

Take me...can't you feel the Call
Embrace me eternally in your daylight slumber

To be draped by the shadow of your morbid palace
Oh, hate living...The only heat is warm blood

("Transilvanian Hunger" by Darkthrone)


Petra Voegtle said...

I just discovered your delightful blog and found it extremely entertaining. Regarding your interest in gothic designs I wonder whether you are familiar with the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich,a painter of the romanticism in Germany -
this is a link that shows a lot of his paintings about abbeys:

I am sure you will also be amused about my series "the deadly sins" which you can find on my website under:

Greetings, Petra

Seraph + Splendor said...

Thanks so much for your referral to Friedrich's paintings (what incredible work!) and your interest in our blog. Please visit again soon!

Antique Furniture said...

Hi, Your photos are fabulous!! I so much love your stuff. The look and feel are totally different decorating styles.

Have a great year,

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Love those patterns - you always find such great vintage prints, thanks.

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