Arch. Myriam B. Mahiques Curriculum Vitae

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A room´s description with haptic perception

A sensual Victorian interior. From

I´ve read The Picture of Dorian Gray many years ago, and I should read it again under a new point of view. For example, we can read Juhani Pallasmaa´s book on haptic perception and then, complete the ideas reading Oscar Wilde´s novels or essays about arts and decoration. These paragraphs are from Chapter I of The Picture of Dorian Gray, don´t miss it:

Victorian interior with tall French doors to the garden. From
Another sensual interior from

The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pinkflowering thorn.
From the corner of the divan of Persian saddle-bags on which he was lying, smoking, as usual, innumerable cigarettes, Lord Henry Wotton could just catch the gleam of the honey-sweet and honey-colored blossoms of the laburnum, whose tremulous branches seemed hardly able to bear the burden of a beauty so flame-like as theirs; and now and then the fantastic shadows of birds in flight flitted across the long tussore-silk curtains that were stretched in front of the huge window, producing a kind of momentary Japanese effect, and making him think of those pallid jade-faced painters who, in an art that is necessarily immobile, seek to convey the sense of swiftness and motion. The sullen murmur of the bees shouldering their way through the long unmown grass, or circling with monotonous insistence round the black-crocketed spires of the early June hollyhocks, seemed to make the stillness more oppressive, and the dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ.

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