As you know I'm a big fan of mixing styles and eras, but they're rarely 'uber-modern'. Sure I'll have modern touches here and there, but I've really come to appreciate a new (yet old) form of modernism called Cubism. Oftentimes for me true modernism feels austere and cold, but cubism feels more visually stimulating, almost jarring, and maintains a lot of the aesthetic touches that I love. It maintains the herringbone floors, the shine of brass and mirror, and it creates an over-abundance of pattern (which I love). And yes, in case you were wondering, it was created during the 1910's when Picasso developed cubist art. This summer we were able to visit a cubist museum and dine in one of the most historic cubist restaurants in the world - the Grand Cafe Orient in Prague. While it had plenty of straight lines, what really intrigued me was the use of beveling across many materials - window frames, wood encasements, and of course glass and mirrors. And what I love about the beveling is that it gives greater depth, a more three dimensional feel to the space. I took home the Cubist box by Pavel Janak, and my husband enjoyed a donut at the restaurant. Of course the donut wasn't round, but instead it was none other than shaped like a a cube.
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