June 1, 2010

Quatrefoil love

architecture aviewoncities Quatrefoil is one of my favourite graphic designs. Meaning “four leaves”, quatrefoil is a representation of a leaf with four leaflets (like a four-leaf clover) or a flower with four petals. The outline of the quatrefoil is created by four partially-overlapping circles of the same diameter, like this:

quatre 2   quatre 1
The circles can also be combined with a square, like this:
quatre 3
The quatrefoil can be seen in architectural design.
columns slowtrav

columns things that inspre
grate elaine perlov 3
door cococozy
Santa-Barbara-Courthouse bills photo of the day
Quatrefoil windows are much more interesting than a typical square or rectangular window.

quatrefoil window wide open spaces
quatrefoil florence
quatrefoil milan flickr

window dream home design usa
window thomas aquinas edu
window things that inspire
quatrefoil_bedroom TTI

The quatrefoil is a popular design indoors as well, like on this beautiful crown molding.

Quatrefoil - David Duncan Livingston limestone and boxwoods

And on the ceiling.

ceiling jeff huckaby painting

{Quatrefoil} mirror, mirror on the wall…

ballard trellis mirror
mirror cococozy
mirror zuniga interiors
bench home accents today

chairs jackie blue home
The Alexandra side chair by Suzanne Kassler.

quatrefoil suzanne kassler    quatrefoil alexandra side chair suzanne kasler hickory chair


armoire matters of style


quatrefoil ironies chandelier design trade magazine

quatrefoil lights la dolce vida

wallpaper interiordesign net
wallpaper zuniga interiors

fabric big daddy gypsy fabric big daddy gypsy 2
And decor items…

vases zuniga interiors
QuatrefoilBowl southern exposure 1 quatrefoil tray need spark

Love this gorgeous Ann Sacks tile — it’s a beautiful twist on the traditional quatrefoil design. (Polly in Absolute White and Pearl.)

Quatre BeauMondeGlass_Mosaic_Polly_AwPe ann sacks

{Quatrefoil} diamonds are a girls best friend ;-)

ring zaniga interiors  tiffany keychain        necklace design style
If you want to see more beautiful and unique examples of quatrefoil, check out this post about quatrefoil at Limestone & Boxwood. And there are lots of images on Flickr.

Is there a pattern or design that you love?? Leave a comment and let me know :-)

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Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Ooh I love these patterns everywhere.

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Oh man, I really want a quatrefoil chair! I have seen them in magazines and on blogs, but never in person! As for patterns I am digging right now, I would have to say the chevron!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

I love quatrefoil. Great photos!

Christy said...

Ooh la la - the tall mirror covered in them is so pretty. I, too, am a huge fan of this design - love it!

Unknown said...

I'm with you, Kelly. Quatrefoils always seem to catch my eye. Funny how the motif seems so *modern* when has been used in architecture for thousands of years. Thanks for sharing all these great images!

Nichole@40daysof said...

I do love quatrefoil, but I think my all time fav is still stripes. I'm boring. Also been seeing a lott of cool greek key paterns and trellis patterns lately.

Unknown said...

Hi Kelly, I am really glad that you could retrieve most of your photos!!!

I love this post about quatrefoils - one of my favourite graphic elements as well. The only objects where I don't like it is on the chairs. I cannot even really explain why - looks so sissy?!? LOL
Those mirrors and that wonderful "lacey" pottery are truly devine!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

You're right! I did love the post that Marcus Designs did on wooden chevron floors! I will have to bookmark those pages if I ever get around to switching up the hardwood! Thanks for letting me know.

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Oooohhh. I love diamonds and harlequin designs and quatrefoils may become my new fave. Thanks for stopping by my place ( ) and your lovely comment. I have a new blog to follow (yours) and visit!

Millie@PassionDecor said...

I love it I love it I love it.
Great pictures,very unique and,when I saw it all together,it seems to me Quatrefoil is the best pattern ever!

Marie Brady said...

I LOVE quatrefoils! The diamond ring
is very unique. Never seen anything quite like it!

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

I've always loved this pattern ..especially as a window.

Marcus Design said...

Love love love it all! Great post Kelly. Since I have dining chairs on the brain, I have been noticing those quatrefoil chairs everywhere and I LOVE them! Esp. with the raw dupioni silk in the example you've shown!

PS. I would take that Tiffany key pendant any day!!! Lol

Puna said...

I saw a lot of this type architecture in the middle east, specifically Algeria and Morroco when I was a little girl. I guess that's why I love mosaics so much.

Erika Ward said...

i share you love. the lighting pieces by suzanne kasler are some of my favorites.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

love it all! especially the tile, the pottery, and the windows!!

traci zeller designs said...

I loooove quatrefoil!! I have a similar post abandoned in my Drafts folder but you found way more photos! Quatrefoil's totally my favorite pattern - although I do love stripes and polka dots (in the right place, of course). I've never been a Greek key fab for some reason ...

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