25 January 2014

Hôtel Tassel

photo © bananiel

 Victor Horta

Hôtel Tassel is a town house built by Victor Horta in Brussels for the Belgian scientist and professor Emile Tassel in 1893-1894.

 Summer (1896) by great Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha

It is generally considered as the first true Art Nouveau building, because of its highly innovative plan and its ground breaking use of materials and decoration.

Hôtel Tassel is located at 6 rue Paul-Emile Jansonstraat in Brussels.

The influence that Hôtel Tassel has had on the architecture of Belgium and of Europe as a whole has been enormous. Immediately on its completion it filled the architectural and artistic periodicals and was heralded as the only true architecture of the time.

Such a revolutionary synthesis of art, technology and nature.

All photos below © ffbetancourthe

Sweet Art Nouveau voyage: the HORTA group @ flickr.

Tassel Twirling
Since English is not my first language; since I didn't know the existence of the noun tassel; since twirling made sense to me associated with Art Nouveau because of its curvy and twisted look – I though this youtube clip was about Hôtel Tassel. But no, it's not. Be aware: sensitive media with nipples!

Tassel Twirling