Twenty-six years ago I maintained that the use of ornamentation on objects of practical use would disappear with the development of mankind, a constant and consistent development, which was as natural process as the atrophy of vowels in final syllables in popular speech. By that i did not mean what some purists have carried ad absurdum, namely that ornament should be systematically and consistently eliminated. What i did mean was that where it had disappeared as necessary consequences of human development, it could not be restored, just as people will never return to tattooing their face.

Adolf Loos