The Line of Beauty

6th February 2019

From the pyramid of Cafu to David Chipperfield, pure geometry and clean lines have been at the heart of design and construction. There is something undoubtedly and intrinsically restful about seeing the pure mathematics at the heart of both interiors and buildings

The ancient Greeks in their architecture, fashion and homes combined philosophy with design to underpin a world in which nature bowed to rationalism and a good life was born out of a man-made framework . The “Golden Mean” at the heart of Aristotelean doctrine began life as an abstract principle of living a moral and correct existence but was soon incorporated into mathematics and quantified by Euclid with the “golden ratio” whereby the same correctness is transferrable to the world around us. It is surely no accident that the Parthenon in Athens still transfixes us with its beauty, based as it is on these sound principles.

For each cycle of the “new” and “different” it is clear that nothing really changes

Of course not everyone subscribes to this view – “maximalism” where busy forms and colours compete for attention is an alternative path, but this seems to be a less used option. Some of the most interesting and progressive designers are able to combine a touch of both where the house style uses the background of pure and clean minimalism to showcase extraordinary and eclectic objects, ranging from Baroque sculpture to tree stumps and old circus props.

The pure and geometric interior is able to focus the mind and bring about a tremendous sense of well-being and relaxation, a creative designer will always remember the curiosity at the heart of people and use fun or humour to lift the seriousness of the scene. Each to their own, but there is certainly something to be said for a peaceful and harmonious interior to contrast the busy and chaotic world outside.