As well as being one of the basic subjects in school syllabuses and a crucial tool for designers, geometry has been a common thread throughout design history. Take, for example, the Bauhaus research into essential geometrical shapes, Le Corbusier’s Modulor, based on the golden ratio, or Munari’s Cubo ashtray, a Platonic solid in which essentiality is the hallmark. Lines, flat and solid figures still continue to fascinate designers to quite an extent, and one comes across numerous examples of products designed according to precise mathematical proportions or inspired by pure shapes such as squares, triangles and circles while wandering among the “supersalone” stands.
Moroso (Pav 04, Stand A 02) is exhibiting Secret Cubic Shelves, a project by Olafur Eliasson, spawned by the multifaceted (it has to be said) Danish artist’s lengthy research into geometry, the Green Light - An artistic workshop installation in particular, presented at the 2017 Venice Biennale. At the time, Eliasson had set up and run a sort of collective fablab that produced a series of luminous sculptures that drew on a module created by the mathematician Einar Thorsteinn, based on the golden triangle. The negative rhomboid shape delineated by these modules forms the core of the design for the Secret Cubic Shelves bookcase, made of recycled and recyclable iron and with a series of measures designed to minimise environmental impact.