In the ongoing search for masterpieces on the web…

The Peabody Essex Museum has an online exhibit of a traditional Chinese home.

The exhibit is really very well designed and well styled.

When looking at design, I sometimes think about it from an organic design perspective. The web is at the core a place of data, rectangles, and symmetry…not so organic.

This site does a good job of delivering an organic experience to each user using textures, curves, shapes, and patterns that we don’t necessarily expect on the web. In addition, small animated slide shows pepper the site, consciously bringing with it its own sense of timing. And, it is well done so as to not seem distracting, but rather engaging.

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