Cairo is a new series of steel and walnut furniture that explores a recurring hexagonal pattern (see previous post). Elements include large and small display shelving, low cabinets, a credenza, and a room divider.
We've been quite interested in repetitive patterns lately. Here's a nice recurring pattern system composed of – depending on how you see it – irregular, perpendicular hexagons, or rotated and mirrored pentagons.
Looking through my old files I came across this early version of my last website. It is missing all of the content, but it shows the performance pretty well. I was trying to make a site that could constantly redesign itself based on certain parameters. The hexagon, which is wildly overused these days, seemed like a nice way to add a geometrical component into a random organization algorithm. There are a lot of subtle features built in that make the interface rather sophisticated. If you scroll over the hexagons they scale in proximity to the mouse. Clicking a hexagon causes the colors of every other hexagon to fade into a randomly selected new color. The buttons on the darker hexagon eventually became the navigation system for the whole site, but for now they just regenerate the system (you can also do this by pressing space). My friend Alex Mollere who is getting his Phd. in Mathematics figured out that there are approximately 36,000,000,000,000,000 possible graphic layouts for this site not including shifts in color.
These screenshots show variations of the original version of this website. The idea was to produce a site that constantly designed itself. Based on geometric relationships, randomization, and automated color selection, it produced billions of unique layouts, allowing chance to play a greater part in the design process.