Geometric Design: Shaping the world with clean lines and angles
The one vague memory I have of geometry at school is of a tweed-clad Mr Boothroyd, droning on about equilateral triangles. The roomful of teenagers could barely have looked less interested in what was being scrawled in chalk on the blackboard.
Pythagoras’ theorem, obtuse angles and equilateral triangles held no sway for me. However, when this branch of mathematics concerning shape, size and spatial relations infiltrated the world of interiors, I sat up and paid attention. Many years later whilst working in the interior design industry, I came to appreciate some of those basic principles.
There is a growing fascination with angles, geometry and facets right now in the interior design industry. These concise forms satisfy a need for order, simplicity and quite frankly, cutting-edge cool. This geometric design trend can really be seen in flooring. From the striking Chiesa Green rug by Suzanne Sharp of the Rug Company, to the Cubic encaustic tile by Surface Tiles, the focus is drawn downwards.
Our love affair with boldly shaped lamps is an enduring one. Ever since Le Klint and Noguchi pleated plastic and paper shades in the Forties and Fifties, designers have been experimenting with folding simple materials. The new Andromeda lighting range by Calligaris features star-shaped cotton shades inspired by ruff collars. The pleats and folds cast fantastic shadows. Several degrees hotter than your bog standard table lamp.
Geometric wallpaper continues to be very popular, making a refreshing change from the sheer abundance of floral designs. Geometric designs are often more gender neutral; my husband and I both (eventually!) agreed to paper our back living room wall with Tom
Dixon’s Honeycomb wallpaper after discarding numerous samples that were too feminine. From a slight distance the design has a strongly three dimensional appearance, which really draws you in and gives real wow factor.
Certain aspects of mathematics can be brought to life through great design. It seems the acute angle really comes into its own in three dimensions. Mr Boothroyd’s efforts in the classroom might not have been entirely in vain!