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VCD Theory Aesthetics

Aesthetics.

What do they mean by aesthetics and how can we describe them?

What is aesthetics?

Aesthetic qualities, aesthetic considerations

Aesthetic judgement

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Aesthetics in action.

Aesthetics in action

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Industriell chair, (https://www.ikea.com /au/en/catalog/ products/40394514/)
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1006 Navy chair,
(https://www.emeco.net /variants/emeco-1006- navy-chair-brushed-us-navy)

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DCW, Eames, (https://www.herman miller.com/en_au/ products/ seating/side-chairs/ eames-molded-plywood-chairs/)
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Paton Chair, https://www.yliving.com /blog/top-10-modern- plastic-dining-chairs/
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Victoria Ghost chair, Phillipe Stark, (https://www.spacefurniture. com.au/ victoria-ghost.html)
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Word bank.

Which adjectives can I use?

To describe aesthetic considerations and qualities we need to develop a diverse range of adjectives.

Read through the list below and try to incorporate them into your next analysis of design - whether it be in a theory task or in your folio annotations.

abstract, ancient, austere, awkward,

brutal, business-like, busy

casual, childish, classical, cold, confined, constructivist, controlled, curvaceous,

deconstructed, delicate,

elaborate,

fancy, flamboyant, formal, fragile, functional, funny, futureistic,

geometric, graceful,

handmade, haphazard, harsh, heavy,

layered, light, loose,

mechanical, minimal,

natural, nostalgic,

old-world, ordered, ostentatious,

painterly, plain, professional,

restrained, retro, rustic,

severe, simple, soft, sophisiticated, space-age, spacious, sumptuous,

theatrical, tight,

ultra-modern, uncluttered, undecorated

Task

Describe aesthetic qualities

Refer to the images of chairs above. Look at each one carefully and read through the list of adjectives in the word bank. Choose one term to describe the aesthetic qualities unique to each chair. Incorporate your adjective into a full sentence to describe each chair. Discuss your answers.

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Model answer.

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CH 07 Shell Chair, 1963, Hans J. Wegner (https://www.carlhansen.com/en/collection/ lounge-chairs/ch07/shell-chair-oak-white-oil-black/variant/1501)

Sample question

Before we begin.

Sample answer.