No. of Recommendations: 3 we should go with square or round columns.

Think of it this way. By virtue of their shape, square columns tend to suggest containment or edge. Perceptually they arrest movement. Round columns, by contrast tend to suggest plasticity and depth. They encourage movement, often non-specific movement. Curves emphasize a continuity of surface and objectivity. Flat surfaces are a little more ambiguous in that they define both the object and the space at its edge.

My recollection is that round columns were used infrequently in the Arts and Crafts style (I'm thinking of Bernard Maybeck, Gustave Stickley and the Greene brothers), though this probably had more to do with the sense of hand craft than with the perception of movement. Although much of their work also touches on structural expressiveness.


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