Sep 30, 2009 9:30 AM
Minted's design challenges give us the creme de la creme in stationary options, and the Round Flourish Personalized Stationary ($35-42) by Whisker Graphics has elegance that embellishes our words instead of overwhelming them. Calling this design classic couldn't be more appropriate; Whitney, the designer behind Whisker Graphics, admits that the clean lines of her image are "reminiscent of a ceiling medallion." The warm dark edging and rounded corners of this particular style sets it apart from the pack and makes a built in framing device that's simply lovely.
Here's the scoop... Ceiling medallions are a traditional architectural element that adorn our spaces. The "flourish" in Whitney's design happens to be a flouncy version of a common motif called a rosette. We can spot rosettes from their stylized flower design and round shape. The design originated in ancient Egypt and spread through Mediterranean civilizations to India; cross-cultural objects from the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Minoan Crete and everywhere in between were decorated with rosettes. The design enjoyed a revival in Romanesque and Renaissance architecture as a larger reflection of renewed interest in antiquity.
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