As our increasingly fast-paced lives become more complex and rigid, we still yearn for a sense of freedom. Humans don’t emotionally relate to the confines of a controlled and artificial world, even for the anally retentive amongst us… myself included. I believe there is a longing to feel connected to nature and although most of us don’t want to go back to living in trees or caves, we could change aspects of the way we live to better incorporate this feeling. Architects and designers have responded to this by creating designs that break free from the confines of rigid forms and regular boxes. These irregular shapes are like a breath of fresh air to a designer: they open up a new frontier of design.
How is it that these shapes relate to nature, you may ask? Well, I challenge you to find a perfect square or rectangle in nature. Granted, there are many examples that come close, but nothing is perfectly square or rectangular. In fact, forms in nature are often made up of many geometric shapes, faceted together like the rock face of a mountain. It is this complexity that gives us space to be multidimensional human beings. Welcome to the home of angularity: here are some of my favourite examples.