Computational ornamentation

The Ruy Klein studio has some fine sets of computational ornamentation exploring tessellated symmetry. Series A remind us strongly of mathematical tessellation found Islamic art while some of series B evoke plans for ornamental gardens or even the patterns seen in stained glass windows. Series C sees a development of automata like entities forming crystal patterns through successive degrees of self organisation – hinting once again that simple code routines form the basis of many structures of natural world. Ruy Klein is a multidisciplinary experimental design lab based in New York spanning architectural, scientific and artistic territories.

On a related note Gervais Chapuis & Wes Hardaker’s ‘Escher Sketch’ was similarly created for the purpose of designing periodic decorations. While back in Sept 2005 Generator.x posted an articlette on ‘Tools for Ornamental Patterns’. The Grammar of Ornament collates patterns of repetition, iterative transformation, and subtle natural colour. Finally for those in search of a touch of theory today can check out Nikos Salingaros’ paper in which he argues that ornament is necessary for us to experience architectural forms in a positive way.

4 Responses to “Computational ornamentation”

  1. john writes:

    some nice stuff there.

  2. plx writes:

    Great weblog! I will add you to m own

  3. Eric Gjerde writes:

    Wow, the tessellation patterns on display there (tons of them! wonderful!) are just really something else. I could get lost studying those for months on end.

    Thanks so much for making me aware of this great resource!

  4. paul writes:

    thank John, Plx, Eric…. the Ruy Klien studies are have such a wonderful variety of species

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