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Geometry is a core principle of design, and throughout history, designers have consistently found innovative, elegant, and unexpected methods for integrating different shapes and geometric properties into their designs. It’s important to recognize all the fundamental ways geometry lays the foundation for effective and efficient design, from providing a framework for visual symmetry and style, to aiding designers in developing functional, convenient, and ergonomic solutions to modern life. This week, we’re highlighting five designs, spanning decades of work and multiple countries, that masterfully showcase the beauty of geometry in design.
Hans J. Wegner
The idea of making a chair based on the most simple and elegant shape of them all, the circle, remained a distant dream until Hans J. Wegner eventually completed this design at the age of 72. The project spanned his entire career and became one of his most visionary endeavors, posing great challenges for PP Møbler’s workshop as its construction would push the limits of what’s possible. Very few designs express the incorporation of geometric shapes as effectively and profoundly as this stunning design, and consequently, the Circle Chair turned out to be one of Wegner’s most characteristic designs, while offering great comfort and flexibility. Surprisingly versatile, the PP130 is light and transparent, very practical, and easy to move around, fitting elegantly into almost any interior.
Giopato & Coombes
One night, design duo Christiana Giopato and Christopher Coombes were strolling through the park and found themselves inspired by the dewdrops on blades of grass, glistening as they reflected the subtle light of the moon. Dewdrops is this moment brought to life—an abstract interpretation of one of nature’s most beautiful patterns, something we see every day but often take for granted. In keeping with Giopato & Coombe’s portfolio of unique and forward-thinking lighting designs, Dewdrops’ structure and silhouette are exceptionally innovative. Defined by a sophisticated visual lightness, this balancing mobile lighting structure emits soft light and is available in two configurations.
Ole Schjøll
Originally designed in 1984, it would be 34 years until the Wire Table was brought to life by Danish manufacturer A. Petersen. The unique intersection of shapes in the table’s wire base adds a sense of personality to an otherwise minimalist design, adding to its overall character and noteworthy presence. Additionally, the use of slim, steel wire for the base creates a sense of visual lightness, while the sturdy tabletop allows you to enjoy meals, company, or a glass of wine in perfect comfort. Tabletop available in red, black, or white for added versatility and personalization.
Michaël Verheyden
Known for combining innovation, craftsmanship, and quality to create clean-cut, purified designs, Michaël Verheyden’s MV Coupe is a perfect example of When Objects Work’s commitment to offering elevated, current, and unique accessories for both residential and commercial spaces. Though a relatively simple design at first glance, the MV Coupe in marble retains a classic, dignified sense of sophistication and style. The MV Coupe is available in solid white carrara marble or solid portoro marble, walnut, and oak, allowing the design to cater perfectly for spaces emphasizing both darker or lighter tones.
MA/U Studio
The R.I.G. modular shelving system was designed based on the idea of joining simple principles—optimized use of materials, enhanced functionality, and a minimalist aesthetic; all with an industrial touch. R.I.G. is an ultra-flexible modular system defined by clean lines, helping to organize storage spaces by drawing a geometric layout that is ideal for both domestic and professional environments. The system combines only a handful of components which can be easily connected in numerous ways, all attached by using a universal screw. With shelves and frame available in all black, R.I.G. is astoundingly versatile and blends seamlessly into any space.