What Egypt taught me about restoration
This past spring, my travels took me to the grand country of Egypt. Egypt is rich in history, mythology, and some of the most breathtaking architecture ever made. From a design standpoint, it truly is amazing how they were able to construct such intricate and massive structures.
Renovation is an ongoing trend even when it comes to ancient Egyptian landmarks. When I was at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt I learned there is work currently being done to help restore the temple. The temple is one of the most unbelievable things I have ever seen! It is a complex process that involves large pieces of the temple. It really is a master puzzle that is being put together by architects, geologists and archaeologists trying to figure out how to reconstruct the temple while at the same time understanding the history and cultural significance of the project. This is a mammoth restoration process.
Ancient architecture has influenced designers by mixing older design concepts with modern materials and ideas that we see in a modern era. The Egyptian interior and exterior design decisions are based in scale, grandeur, and symmetry that have influenced current architecture and interior design. Do you think you can find Egyptian inspiration today in modern homes? I bet you can!
Understanding these other cultures, and the history of design is vital for me to be as well-rounded and worldly as I can be. I try to take all my travel experience home with me and apply what I learned to better approach any project that comes my way. I’ve been all over the world, and I’d love to take a creative, global approach with your next project!