If in early twentieth centaury, Adolf loos thought that ornament is crime, well, I would say that in my time ornament is what people can’t live without.
To say that ornament is unnecessary is not true in this time, just like the girl, many said that the girl would look the best when she show her true beauty however I still see the girls put on their make up which I consider as and ornament and it’s successful in making a girl looking gorgeous, not only a girl, all the male superstars are putting on their make up!
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Although tattoo in that time is what bad people in the prison have but in now day it’s become more trendy even Rihanna she has it too, also the famous five rows tattoo.
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Imagine that if I go to the bakery shop and there are 2 pieces of ginger bread to choose like you, one is a plain and another in fancy pony shape, both are in the same size and same price I would choose the fancy pony one. Although what you said is true that people would choose to eat the plain on but the pony one is effect on my feeling. In Loos’s opinion, he might thing that decoration is not an important thing, but what I think decoration has a huge impact on is the feeling. Different ornament give me different feeling, When I see the shop full of hearts, roses and dolls, they give me the feeling of valentine. When I see the shop full of Christmas tree, Santa and boxes they give me the feeling of Christmas. Not only the feeling that Decoration could give but it also tell the story behind and show their culture “the Papuans, a tattooed face did not increase the aesthetic value,” but it show their culture and tradition.
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What he said is that ornament is easy to get bore of but how could he know that modern the new style that he mention will not be bored like ornament. In now day, like what Loos said simple is easy to build, I saw a lot of simple buildings like shophouses and townhouses, it may be a bit too much so people treat buildings that have decoration more valuable.
In Architecture, I think that it depend on each people, different people have different taste. Some may like architecture that full of decoration like Romanesque and Gothic but some may like plain and simple like Modernism. Ornament couldn’t be judged whether good or not, but what I know is ornament is still needed.