USA elements of style

Posted by jerry on May 16th, 2007 — Posted in Journal, Travel

The US is a land of contrasts, from the elegance of the parks to the visually rich malls. This elegant park bench is in The Mall, Washington DC

swan bench

as is this floral urn, with its Classical references


And even in the shopping malls there are elements of wonderful design, like these power sockets in the shopping mall

power sockets

And in the shops, there are the fleeting clothing styles, but these bags caught my eye – completely encrusted with beads and ‘bling’.


Interestingly, the design of the stores themselves, also referenced classical architectural style, but did so by creating facades resembling furniture display cabinets, rather than purely architectural buildings. It was like these stores saw themselves as indoors rather than as retail spaces, adding an elegant domesticity that referenced the interior of elegant homes. Given their up-market contents it is not difficult to see why such a style would appeal. But I thought it was an interesting stylistic feature 🙂

mall stores



Comment by Lgcs

What a nice picture of bags! Where did you take such a picture?

Posted on October 10, 2009 at 4:42 am

Comment by jerry

These were in Tysons Corner, Washington DC

Thanks for the comment 🙂


Posted on October 10, 2009 at 7:47 am

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