Designers Look Back to the Grid, Imbue It With New Meaning
Once associated with radical design, the grid is being taken up once again by designers such as Doshi Levien and Patricia Urquiola.
The late 1960s radical design group Superstudio transformed how we look at the grid—not as a matrix of oppressive rules, but as a platform for liberation. Designers are returning to that idea, harnessing the organizing power of frameworks but having a lot of fun doing it.
|1. Toiletpaper’s 1968: Radical Italian Design
For the coffee-table book, Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari shot the Quaderna table by Superstudio.
Doshi Levien’s Rabari rug for Nanimarquina is inspired by Indian nomads.
|3. Bandas pillow
Based on grids, Patricia Urquiola’s Bandas rugs and pillows for Gan are playful and multifunctional.
|4. Flos’s Ipnos LED light
The light, by Rossi & Bianchi Studio, is pared down to only a bare aluminum frame.
|5. Alexander Girard Glass Collection
Skyline Design revived an Alexander Girard pattern for glass.
|6. Moooi chess table
The Moooi Chess Table, by Front, can be a game board or a side table.
|7. Pixl bookcase
Roche Bobois’s Pixl bookcase by Fabrice Berrux has deep and shallow shelves.
|8. Formwork Desktop Storage
Sam Hecht and Kim Colin designed the modular Formwork desktop storage system for Herman Miller.