Category Archives: 14. GEO-ORGANIC

Throughout history, designers have both taken inspiration from the natural / organic world and sought to counter it with rational / geometric sensibility. The Geo-Organic trends capture this dichotomy by balancing what is man-made (Geometric) with what is natural (Organic). This can include matrices of repeated pattern, or angular forms with a life-like chaotic pattern of self-assembly. The result is a form that is balanced with both a rational structure and the living dynamics of the natural world.


The interplay between the organic and the geometric is at the heart of the Geo-Organic category. This trend is very closely related to Geometric Form/Organic Matrix, but inverts the relationship between form and structure. Whereas the previous theme employs highly rational, primitive, geometric forms supported by a chaotic cellular internal...

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Many industries have relied on forms constructed of rigid angular geometries for ages. From bicycles to bridges, designers and architects know the value of the inherent strength and economy of resources that characterize this method. In recent years, designers in many other categories have adopted Angular Frameworks in fresh and...

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In keeping with this category’s exploration of the interplay between the natural and man-made worlds, Organic Facets highlights a specific surfacing technique that embodies this tension. This method was inspired by the Stealth Fighter of the 1990’s, that matte-black, wedge-like assortment of triangles that seemed not only unable to fly,...

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In keeping with this category, highlighting the dynamic balance between the Rational and Natural worlds, Geometric Form/Organic Matrix captures one specific method of achieving this balance. In this theme, a purely geometric form, often based on a primitive such as a cube or rectangle, defines an absolute outer boundary volume....

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