DESIGNSPEAK: CORBEL

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A decorative bracket carved from wood; used under shelving, vent hoods, countertop overhangs, and mantel shelves.

DESIGNSPEAK: BALUSTER

The vertical supports of stair railing. These can range from very simple to very ornate turned pieces.

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DESIGNSPEAK: WALLPAPER

A decorative material which is used to cover and decorate the interior walls of homes, offices and other buildings. Wallpaper is usually sold in rolls and is put onto a wall using wallpaper paste.

DESIGNSPEAK: TRIPTYCH

A three-paneled artwork. Historically, triptychs were hinged together so that the two side wings closed over the central panel.

DESIGNSPEAK: SCALE

Scale is the relative size of something as related to another element of known size.   The size of an object, or comparisons between a drawing size and the actual size of a piece.


DESIGNSPEAK: RAKU

The technique of rapidly firing low-temperature ceramic ware. Raku firings were used traditionally in Japan to make bowls for tea ceremonies

DESIGNSPEAK: NAP

A fabric with a texture or design that runs on one direction such as corduroy and velvet.

DESIGNSPEAK: MAJOLICA

An opaque glaze, usually white, with a glossy surface. Typically decorated with bright overglaze stains.