“ The modern man who holds the ornament sacred as the useless remains of abundance of epochs long past will immediately recognize the arduous, spoiled, sickness of the modern ornament. No one living on our level of culture these days can create ornament anymore.”- Adolf Loos
After I read the essay “Ornament and Crime” by Adolf Loos I think he try to argues on ornaments that it is not as necessary or unavoidable as people think in the past. Also he declared that they are like trifles, surpluses and just made for fulfillment of aristocrats people. Loos also argues that the ornamented things were the masterpieces and very precious ones, but now in the modern age people has not much aspiration to keep, appreciate or buy them. In my opinion I agree with him but not entirely I think there are ornamented masterpieces that still important and valuable to keep even we are in the modern age that people doesn’t use ornaments as much as used in the past, but they are still relevant.
Since I was little my living room in my house was full with Chinese furniture, antique pottery and sculptures. It always made me think that I am living in old Chinese palace all the time. Eventually my living room now is become like a museum, it lost their main function that to welcome the guest and turn to be showing off instead. So I think ornament sometimes can confusing people and obscure the main function of things. Personally I like modern design that use simple color, plain texture and can answer to people needs.
We can see from nowadays brand that returning the simplicity in daily life to people. For example Muji Brand from Japan that their aim is to provide the customers with fundamental products they need to live busy, modern and urban lifestyle with no unnecessary fills or fancies and must be in affordable price. Which is very make senses for me, I prefer to use product from Muji than other brand because it easy to use, practical and it can show the real function of the product without any details. As a conclusion I think things that contain more ornament become less pure.
Loos, A. Ornament and Crime: Selected Essays, Ariadne Press, 1997. Print.