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Despot Style: The Iconography of Power, Part 1 Retrospect

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by Anna Hoffman (editorial@apartmenttherapy.com) last modified Sep 01, 2011

The recent news photos of the Gaddafi compound were of course fascinating for the watershed historical moment they illustrated. From a design history perspective, they were also a fascinating peek in




 

 

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The recent news photos of the Gaddafi compound were of course fascinating for the watershed historical moment they illustrated. From a design history perspective, they were also a fascinating peek into a contemporary interpretation of what I'd like to call 'despot style,' or the decor favored by absolutist rulers whose furnishings become a kind of manifestation or even legitimization of their power and privilege.



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