"Ornament is Crime."
Fin-de-siècle enfant terrible, Adolf Loos,
penned this no-nonsense declaration as an obvious reaction to
turn-of-the-century excess. The following variations-on-a-theme
are taken from his book entitled, Decoration and Crime, 1908.
"Cultural evolution is equivalent to the removal of ornament
from articles in daily use."
"Ornamentation as a rule makes the product more expensive."
"Lack of ornamentation leads to a decrease in production time
and a raise in wages."
"Ornament is wasted work effort and therefore wasted wealth."