rococo design research


For my upcoming final year project my first point of research will be on 18th century rococo style . I have always admired the ornate appearance of rococo, made of whimsical, decorative florals and creatures to create a detailed grand finish. Mostly made of pastels and golds the patterns and carvings are organic and asymmetrical. Rococo replaced the rigid geometric shapes of the past century and was heavily centred in 1700s France.

Rococo architecture shows hand carved opulent shapes.


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Looking into some wallpaper samples, the designs are exaggerated and lavish and relate to florals and over drawn shapes that intertwine and connect.

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The costumes from film “Marie Antoinette” (2006) starring Kirsten Dunst show the extravagance of clothing and lavish interior style of the time. The movie was written and directed by Sofia Coppola and tells the story of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette.



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I have always been fascinated by this period of time. Almost everything appears to be decorated and presented in lavish excessive ways; food, fashion, interiors, style. I like to use collage and patterns in my own designs to make them more decorative. I have a feeling looking into decorative design will suit me perfectly.