Decoration

Decoration is the way that we choose to adorn the world. By definition, decoration serves no other function, so it is free to wander and play and amuse. It can be whimsical, serious, symbolic, referential, silly, abstract, complicated, or simple. Some ardent modernists dismiss it because it has no perceived function. But if it makes you look more precisely at form, or makes you think, or pleases the eye at the same time, doesn’t that serve a function? The most successful “decoration” feels like it belongs, that it wasn’t added just to manipulate us.