When it comes to designs for living,
Europe seems to have invented everything from peaked roofs to plumbing,
from Baroque ornamentation to Bauhaus functionalism, from chairs by Chippendale
to end tables by Ikea.
When 19th-century Americans designed
banks and libraries, they invariably borrowed from the ancient Greeks;
when 20th-century Americans moved to the suburbs, they furnished them with
Scandinavia modern; when Walt Disney sought the very model of a fairytale
castle, he turned to King Ludwig's beloved neo-Gothic Neuschwanstein.
Europe today remains a treasure
trove for those seeking new looks for their own abodes. The historic houses
and applied-arts museums are superb for generating ideas. And from cutting-edge
shops to flea markets, Europe offers an incredible array of high-design
goods of all eras.