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Von Wersins Kitchen

The architect and designer Wolfgang von Wersin (1882-1976) wrote Das elementäre Ornament und seine Gesetzlichkeit (‘The Elementary Ornament and its Laws’) in 1940. In his book, Von Wersin briefly sets out what he considers the base elements of ornamentation: forms that recur throughout history and are repeatedly developed by each new civilisation into entirely unique creations and styles. It functions as a key to look at all kinds of different forms of ornament: from the mosaics of Uruk to Japanese peasant textile (Kasuri) and from Colombian wickerwork to Medieval relic crates. The tendency of people to decorate things is universal, the recognition of a pattern is a form of joy. 'Het Paleis van Typografisch Metselwerk' has the curiosity and urge to get to know the many types of ornaments and 'Von Wersin's Kitchen', housed in the Department of the Ornament, is the starting point in this.

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