Baroque Inspired Artist…

As an artist who aspires to show my work in a museum one day, I realize that there are certain steps I need to take to get there.  One of the best ways to learn these steps is by interacting with those who have already created a path.  This week I have been volunteering at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, helping with the installation of the upcoming show Dzine + Los Americanos. During this time I have learned that background, education, and dedication are all key elements in inspiring others and getting noticed. By keeping my eyes wide open and absorbing whatever I can  from these accomplished artists I will eventually reach my goal!

Carlos "Dzine" Rolond

Carlos “Dzine” Rolond

The artist, Carlos “Dzine” Rolon,  has been on site for the installation process, giving us detailed suggestions and lots of expertise to those helping create his vision.  By explaining to us  his inspirations, we learned that much of what he has created is inspired by the Baroque period.   By pulling from this era’s inspiration of form, light, shadow, and dramatic intensity, his artwork will surely shine in the upcoming event!  It will also give us a contemporary insight into what modern baroque interiors would look like if we were still designing in this style.

Dzine Psychedelic Artwork

Dzine Psychedelic Artwork

Dzine Ornamented Bike"Royal Splash"

Dzine Ornamented Bike
“Royal Splash”

Why is the Baroque Period such a influential era in design?

During my time volunteering for this project I became interested in how the Baroque period has influenced the furniture and interior design world. As I have noticed more and more eclectic designs emerge in the art and  design world, I am realizing that many creations pull from the period of Baroque architecture.  What is generally known as a highly traditional scheme of design is now being changed by young designers who are putting their twist on the style to update the look and create a new genre.  The appeal for those who are trying to create an eclectic style in their rooms is the organic quality it has to it.  Although the original baroque styled furniture would have been dripping in gold frames and traditional mohair velvet’s  today’s colors are a bit more shocking. The gold is gone and it has less of a royal feel, but still holds a quality of luxury.

Traditional Baroque Chair

Traditional Baroque Chair

Eclectic Styled Baroque Furniture

Eclectic Styled Baroque Furniture

Alessandro Mendini Baroque Chair

Artist Alessandro Mendini Baroque Chair

If you choose to design with this particular style of furniture, one of the key important details you need to be aware of is the frame structure. Most of these looks will be antiques, although you may stumble across a replica occasionally. It may be difficult to ensure that you are looking at a true antique.  Unlike more modern mid-century furniture, this particular type of furniture will not have a badge of authenticity for you to check. Your best bet is to have product knowledge of the period, and  the upholstery techniques used in the time in which the product was produced.  With most antiques that were created 100+ years ago you find that there are a few distinct qualities to the upholstery during that time.  Generally you will find that tacks were used to upholster with instead of staples, horse or coconut hair was used in the seats instead of foam, and almost always an eight-way hand tied spring system was used for support.  If any of these key elements are missing, then you have two options to consider.  One being that you may have a replica, or two being that this piece has been re-upholstered.  Regardless of the situation, be wary and be sure that you are not fooled into paying for an original piece from a dealer.

Fabrics and Frames is a manufacturer of furniture which specializes in antique reconstruction and reupholstery.  Like the artist Dzine, we take pride in being detailed-minded,  want to understand the background and history of the piece, and are dedicated to producing something right!  We are inspired by the designs of the past and like using them to blend our past with our present. We are artists in the craft of upholstery,  we stand behind our product, and our motto has always been “Building Furniture to Last a Lifetime!”   We are able to create any furniture for any room scheme because of the knowledge we have picked up during 35 years of business!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

We are currently located at 5322 Alpha Rd, Dallas, Texas 75240972-385-4097.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this blog, and or follow us on Facebook!

Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir

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A Lesson in Anthropomorphism and Design….

Leonardo Da Vinci, a man of many skills including painter, sculptor, and architect, opened up a new concept toward design that reflected a theory of proportions and how it relates to humans.  He demonstrated this concept in a world renowned drawing called, The Vitruvian Man, which was based on the work of the architect  Vitruvius.  In this  document he demonstrated how the human body is sectioned off into simple geometric proportions such as a circle and a square, which can be used to understand other proportion theories such as The Golden Section and Gestalt Theory.  These theories led new aged designers to a world where there were no limits to design.  By using these theories and logic, designers in our modern world are able to create boundary breaking designs and make them functional.  Anthropomorphism is a genre of design that studies these traditional theories and juxtaposes them with modern Avant Garde logics.

What is anthropomorphism?

Anthropomorphism is any attribution of human characteristics (or characteristics assumed to belong only to humans) to other animals, non-living things, phenomena, material states, objects or abstract concepts, such as organizations, governments, spirits or deities.  When you start to look at this concept and how it relates to design, we find out that many famous artists and designers around the world and throughout the generations have been learning from this concept and how it relates to design.

Contemporary examples of what anthropomorphism in architecture:

Contemporary examples of what this may look like in furniture design is shown below:

This style of furniture design represents the Avant Garde movement, because it pushes the boundaries of design to ergonomical and aesthetic characteristics, while introducing “shock value”.  Louis Sullivan, world-renowned architect whose apprentice was Frank Lloyd Wright, emphasized that “Form follows function”. When designing a piece of furniture with artistic characteristics, you must keep in mind that the piece must also be functional.  This opens up the designer’s eye to antyhropometry, which is the study of the branch of the human sciences that deals with body measurements: particularly with measurements of body size, shape, strength and working capacity.

Here at Fabrics and Frames Furniture, we are constantly thinking about how the client is going to be using our product, and how we can improve the functionality of the product for the client.  Throughout the 34 years that Fabrics and Frames has been in business we have assisted clients with their special needs by finding ergonomical solutions to make their custom piece of furniture more functional for their specific use, while keeping aesthetics in mind.  Some major factors that we consider when designing a piece of furniture are seating height, arm height, back height and lumbar support.  We also give our customers choices in cushion firmness to make the piece the most functional for them. Although stucture is a key issue for us, we also want to make sure that the piece of furniture that we design for our clients will meet their everyday needs. Each one of our clients comes in with their own specific needs and we try to meet all of them. Each piece that we create is unique in that it reflects each individual customer’s style and purpose.

Ergonomic standards will vary depending on who the client is.  We understand  that different ages, nationalities, and genetic makeup will affect the ergonomics of a piece of furniture.  In past Fabrics and Frames blogs, we have discussed how our furniture is made up of hardwoods and how they have a spring system  in the furniture piece that will give it structural support.  These key elements are important because if you don’t understand the limits that your piece can support,  you run the risk of it malfunctioning in the future.

Designers, engineers, and architects are great examples of people who understand the ergonomics of any product. In order to design a product that has anthropomorphic characteristics, you must understand on how it will be used.  Remembering that…Aesthetics are nothing without function!…leads the “designer” to create something that will not only make a statement but give a presence of heirarchy in any setting.  Regardless if you are traditional or contemporary in design choice, you must remember your basics!

For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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Writen By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

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