The geometric design that inhabits Flatland

“The maximum length or width of an adult resident in Flat land it can be calculated in about twenty-eight of your centimeters. Thirty centimeters can be considered an exception. Our women are straight lines. Our soldiers and underclass workers are triangles with two equal sides, each about twenty-eight inches long, and a third side or base so short (often a little over an inch long) that it forms an angle at the top. very sharp. and scared. And especially when their bases are of the lowest type (that is, no longer than the third part of a centimeter) it is difficult to distinguish them from the straight lines or women, so sharp are their corners. With us, as with you, these triangles are separated from the others by the name isosceles, and therefore I will refer to them on the following pages. Our bourgeoisie consists of equilateral sides or triangles with equal sides. Our professionals and gentlemen are squares (a class to which I myself belong) and pentagonal figures or pentagons. Immediately above them comes the Aristocracy, divided into several degrees, beginning with the hexagonal figures or hexagons to continue as the number of pages increases until it receives the honorary title of Polygonals, or from many sides. Finally, when the number of pages becomes so large and the pages so small that the figure can no longer be distinguished from a circle, one becomes part of the circular or priestly order, and this is the highest class of all. “He deserved a long opening , this service that opens the doors of the house to geometric shapes – as if the domestic dimension were an à la universe Flat land. Yes, the same Flatland – the fantastic world – which is the title of the priest and educator’s literary masterpiece Edwin A. Abbott.

The book, originally published anonymously in 1882, is now considered a classic of fantastic authorship and one of the first reflections on the fourth dimension. A resident of the two-dimensional world of Flatland meets a resident of the three-dimensional world of Spacelandia. The dialogue about discovering parallel societies is a reflection that sweeps over the earth and the supernatural and pays homage to geometry. Figures, square or circular no matter what, match person and status. But also with architecture. In Flatland, everything is flat: houses, parks, inhabitants (as described), and the idea that there is a third dimension is not even conceivable. In Einstein’s time and in the triumph of physics, this wasoperetta – the name was chosen by the critic Masolino D’Amico – it met a (first) lack of public attention to win its place of honor in scientific literature in early 1920: when the English magazine wrote about it Nature. The object of study, which Abbott called a prophet, was immediately the fourth dimension – and consequently the ability of the inhabitants of the third dimension to recognize an increase in tempor (for us still unthinkable). But Flat land it is not only this, for “it can not be reduced to a brilliant informative booklet on futuristic geometry,” as we read in the preface to the book published by Adelphi. In fact, Abbott was also extraordinary in building a masterpiece of satire on Victorian society. It is a world that can not only find space on the pages of a book. Thus, the venerable tone of the venerable gentleman has ignited in us the desire to create an imaginary environment, inhabited by furniture that marries geometric figures, starting from utility and reaching the message. Able to interact with each other through aesthetic and practical features, the design of curved and straight lines has the power to build a horizon that opens, breaks and expands spaces. By doing this, Abbott inspired the imagination. Off topic: Though a great writer and thinker, the comparison between women and straight lines cost the author very, very expensive. It absolutely had to be said before going into a geometric house.

The ball: lamp Moon by Davide Groppi

Lamp Moon by Davide Groppi

Davide Groppi

“From a dream it was born Moon“. Thus, it is made in Italy lighting brand, Davide Groppipresents pendant lamp cult that materializes the moon in the domestic dimension. And he continues: “Seen from below, the moon has a thousand shades. And every time it returns, completely full, it gives a little shock to those who look at it.” But in our three-dimensional home, where geometric lines define the domestic landscape in balance between soft lines and rigid lines, Moon it also represents a (magical) sphere in search of perfection. Where PI Greek multiplied and then divided, the volume comes to life thanks to the craft signed by Groppi, who in 2005 initiated a dialogue between light and Japanese paper. But each ball is different from the other, it is unique: because it is made by hand.

The triangle: chair Triangle by Per Holland Bastrup for Frama

Chair Triangle by Per Holland Bastrupper Frama


Designed by For Holland Bastrup in 1989 chair Triangle in production for the Danish brand Frama materializes in a seat an attractive and sculptural design. The geometric shape is simple, elemental, but knows how to surprise the eye as well as the use. Versatile – perfect to accompany the organization of the studio, in front of the desk, or to offer itself to the domestic panorama as a single piece, for display – the support surface traces the shape of a triangle that embraces rigor and elegance. The contrasting backrest is soft and its shape resembles a crescent moon. Triangle it is made of steel, which draws an industrial aspect from this crucial material. Light in composition, slim in silhouette, the seat experiences an expressiveness that brings the lesson from Danish design back: beauty in simplicity.

Cylinders: Modular by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell

Modular by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell


Cylindrical, ie Modular by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell they have written a piece of design (and furniture) history. Born in 1967, designed to meet different use needs, they represent one of the timeless classics from made in Italy production. In their aesthetics, measured and weighted with a diameter of 32 centimeters, mostly soft lines intersect a height defined by an aesthetic stringency that rises from the bottom up with elegance and without excess. THAT Modular they are available in fixed compositions of two, three and four elements – depending on the need for use. And for over fifty years, they have been practical for all environments: from the living room to the bedroom. In glossy or opaque finishes, this design classic follows a silhouette that is good for the home landscape, and that lives on radius and height by crossing two shapes – the mothers of geometry: the parallelepipedum and the circle.

The circle: blanket ISLAND by Joe Colombo for Amini

Blanket ISLAND by Joe Colombo for Amini


The journey to an island, an island of design. That blanket ISLAND by Joe Colombo for Amini re-suggests the iconic, so-called “futuristic” trait that has characterized the Milanese’s creative career. Yes ISLAND, which traces the geometric shape of the circle, suggests the graphic sign found in the technical drawings of the designer who designed the preparation of the Hoecht stand at the plastic fair in Düsseldorf in 1970. The rug thanks to the color combinations and soft lines that define it , the central pattern seems to move, flow. The perfect geometry à la Giotto is made with a blend of hand-tufted New Zealand wool with a final effect from the sixties, and it is adorned thanks to a twisted line surrounding a domestic island – it must be said – where anything can happen.

Heptagon: mirror Medea by Luca Roccadadria for Cantori

Mirror Medea by Luca Roccadadria for Cantori


Among the square lines in a regular square, the image is reflected by itself on a plate with a classic echo. And his name, Medeato attribute to mirror by Luca Roccadadria for Cantori a sense of Greekness that refers to the (tragic) myth of ancient literature. The double structure consists of a metal base with seven sides and seven corners and a mirrored outer part, where the seven sides are rotated relative to the base – to show sections of metal, resulting in a seemingly moving decorative effect. . Does the object really rotate along the wall? None. Medeaimmobile, strictly performs what geometry teaches the hexagon: that is, to develop its two-dimensional surface between the boundaries of an unusual but beautiful polygon.

Cone: coffee machine There Conical by Aldo Rossi for Alessi

Coffee machine The conical by Aldo Rossi for Alessi (the model La Conica long handle was made for the brand’s hundred years)


Called There Conical for its form. Yes, the first draft coffee machine by architect Aldo Rossi for Alessi it is built thanks to the weighted geometries of the cone – the figure that, par excellence, knows how to create a pleasant dialogue between softness and rigor. In the picture, La Conica long handle and model created for the brand’s hundred years: an object tribute to the lines. This espresso mocha – which perfectly performs the task of turning a handful of powder into coffee – has a stainless steel body and copper base. Doesn’t it look like a miniature architecture? Yes, from the kitchen to the dining table, thanks to its elegant rental, it also adapts to the decor of the rooms. Conical it is refined, refined, classic and is the right container for the energizing drink, one of the most intoxicating in the world. It is the first design object to start the day with.

Hexagon: hill Kaleido by Clara von Zweigbergk for Hay

Tray Kaleido by Clara von Zweigbergk for Hay


That tray Kaleidodesigned by Clara von Zweigbergk for Hay, is part of a rainbow collection. On the irregular and magnetic lines of an irregular hexagon, the design glove compartment is doubled, tripled and quadrupled through a range of products in different colors and sizes. Not only that: by resizing, the geometric reference figure also changes. But let’s stay on the six-sided hill. Large enough to hold other smaller cabarets lying on the surface, it is materialized with powder coated steel. It is resilient, versatile. Perfect for serving improvised or programmed finger food, it adapts very well to cozy environments – such as the kitchen and living room. Yet it is also flawless in intimate spaces: for example, by becoming a visible jewelry box to be placed in the bedroom.

Cube: ashtray Cube by Bruno Munari for Danish Milan

Ashtray Cube by Bruno Munari for Danes


We come to the square and perfect geometric figure: the cube. Cubethat’s exactly what ashtray more famous than design, born of the master’s creativity Bruno Munari to Danish Milan. A concert with strict lines cuts a cloud of imaginative smoke and celebrates the aesthetics of the sixties that have adorned (with beauty) homes all over the world. The table ashtray consists of two simple elements, yet in harmony with each other: a cubic body, open on one side, and a metal plate inserted into it. Its inclination creates a sharp angular cut that creates a slit that is able to accommodate and hide the contents of the cube. Available in several sizes and colors (size s, m, black, white and orange shades) and is an elegant object that is suitable for houses with a different style.

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