Ornamental Medallion Bookmark
2¼ x 7¼ in. decorative bookmark
Attractively packaged in a plastic sleeve for protection
Published with Chicago Architecture Foundation
Louis H. Sullivan (American, 1856–1924)
Adaptation from ornamental medallion on Schlesinger & Mayer (now Carson Pirie Scott) department store, 1899/1904
Prominent Chicago School architect Louis H. Sullivan (1856–1924) brought to his practice a conviction that ornamentation should arise naturally—“organically,” as his protégé Frank Lloyd Wright would come to think of it—from a building’s overall design. No decoration was stuck on as an afterthought; every detail restated a theme expressed in the structure as a whole. (Sullivan’s famous dictum “form ever follows function” was later rephrased by Mies van der Rohe as “form is function.”)
This design is an adaptation of one of Sullivan’s outstanding architectural ornamentations. Combining Art Nouveau complexity with geometric elegance, it epitomizes the Sullivan sensibility.