Thursday, June 24, 2010

{i heart architectural prints}

I’ve always been drawn to architectural renderings; not only are the drawings themselves beautiful, but the buildings they showcase are as well! What I love is the traditional feel they bring to a space, and the symmetry in these etchings really appeals to me.

Since the Renaissance, architects have been regarded as artists. In 18th century England {when architecture was thought to be an essential part of a gentleman's education}, limited edition prints were considered coveted artistic collectibles.

Here are a couple of examples of these etchings used in spaces designed by Sarah Richardson {visit her source for these prints here}:

Toronto art dealer Elizabeth Legge has prints dating from the 16th century to the 1800’s. She noted the recent resurgence of interest in these pieces, as her store was commissioned to provide 224 prints to the newly decorated St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco.

These prints are something like wine, the older they get, the better they are! I actually find the subtle stains and marks on many of these renditions appealing, a sort of testament of their authenticity. Here are a couple of examples from Elizabeth Legge Fine Antique Prints and Engraving {$450-$750}:

I saved my fav space for last, here’s a room I swoon over... those mirrored frames add such a glam touch!

I found mirrored frames from Chapters to display architectural prints in my own home. I hope to own original prints one day when my art budget will allow for it! For now, inexpensive copies of originals have helped me 'get the look for less.'


Anonymous said...

Hi there!Very pretty and classy!Love them too.Thank you for what you said on my blog.I will be only happy to know of your summer holiday in Egypt regarding any mosaics you may come across. Take good pictures,kind regards.

Designwali said...

Your prints look sensational.

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Great post! I love them as well and they look so glamourous hanging in mirrored frames.

DesignTies said...

You found those frames at Chapters?! I have to see if our local store carries them too!! The prints look great, and who cares if they're copies -- they totally work!!

If you want some original architectural artwork, take a walk in an area where there are old & interesting buildings. Snap some close-ups of the architectural detailing, print them out in black & white or sepia, and frame them :-)

My wedding reading definitely won't be sappy!! I'll let you know how it goes (assuming I survive!!)


barbara@hodge:podge said...

I love architectural prints as well! I don't own any but I love taking photos of interesting architectural elements when we are on a trip. I love interesting doorways, windows and lamp posts! Call me crazy!

Maria said...

The prints look great, Nancy! I love your blog. Greetings from Germany

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Love a framed collection of architectural prints. Such a sophisticated and quiet look!

DesignTies said...

Thanks for checking out my guest post on Hue :-) Let me know when you're ready to make plans to come to Ottawa :-)


Lisa said...

You found some great examples of architectural prints and I am loving those mirrored frames!

thelennoxx said...

Nancy, I hadn't really noticed these prints before, but now that you point it out I'm sure I'll be seeing them everywhere! They are really nice, and I love the ones you have on your wall. Your frames are hot too, they really match your new retro phone!!

Anonymous said...

oh me too! adore that second room especially!

Autumn said...

Where can I find architectural prints???

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