Patterns In Design

July 24, 2015

Here at The Halo Group we love patterns. Patterning helps accentuate any design, can bring character and texture and can even result in optical illusions. The following blog takes a look at some of the inspirational patterns in design which we have come across, worked with or aspire to use in our future projects. 


Let’s kick start things with a look at everyday objects and repetition. Our production team regularly embraces this principle in our design process. On a very basic level, the aesthetics of these tiles work well as they form a simple pattern, thus creating a subtle decorative feel. The shape and physical properties of this pattern also have a specific function, to allow rainwater to easily run down its channels. Further interest is added through the weathered detailing on the tiles. This everyday object perfectly marries functionality, form and design. In fact, anything can look really stunning if repeated.


Take these chairs for example. Again, it’s a really basic concept but by repeating the same object multiple times there is an undeniable appeal. If you start to explore the concept of perspective, things get even more interesting.

Up The Wall Repitition by Rachel Corsini

This photograph entitled “The Wall” was taken by Rachel Corsini and perfectly illustrates this point. The perspective the image is captured from makes a basic repetition pattern into an artistic piece. Here at The Halo Group we understand this principle and often think about how people will view the projects we create. Perspective is a powerful tool if used well.

Choice of material is another cornerstone of creating inspiring design through patterning. Here at The Halo Group we love working with wood. This malleable medium can be used to create almost any effect, for example this incredible laser cut wood cube installation by Anila Quayyum.  Not only is the detail in the cube itself exquisite, it also projects beautiful shadow patterns onto surrounding gallery walls. Absolutely incredible!


Wood can also be used to create simple patterns which, whilst perhaps not as technical as the image above still produce great results like these geometric shapes crafted from layered pieces of wood.


Of course, there are many other materials you can use and we love anything that is out of the ordinary. A really cool material we have come across recently is Onggi Soil. If you place Onggi Soil into a mould you can create these amazing tiles.


As seem in the image below these tiles could easily be used to function as an exterior material to clad a structure for example. (Installation in title image and below entitled Réspirer)


 Another interesting use of material can be found in this elaborate church ceiling for example, the patterning is rich and varied.


To achieve this effect the craftsmen used a technique called kur-kur that combines cane, straw, and mud to create a surface that looks like wooden beams from a certain perspective and like undulating fabric from others. The kur-kur ceiling was then painted in the polychrome Mudéjar style, an Iberian style heavily influenced by Islamic art in use in Spain between the 12th and 16th centuries.

Other multi-medium projects really inspire us, like this series by Jill Ricci. Quoting from her website, Jill says “I use collected materials and allow pattern, texture, colour and structure to emerge organically” The results are really stunning and are an inspiration to our festival production team.


Another style we really love is mismatched patterns. If geometric lines illustrate precision, anarchic form is sometimes just as appealing to the eye, in fact often these mismatched patterns challenge the viewer which can bring even more rewarding experiences. Throwing many different styles together is a real art and is something our creative team love to do.


Architecture is a great example of effective use of patterns. Often these examples are awe-inspiring.


Flinders by Melbourne based architects Elenberg Fraser is a case in point. Their website states “You may not be surprised to hear that this building was partially inspired by Predator – it is both there and not there, you can only see the building with the distortion of the world around it” Here we see patterns created by both the reflection of the light and the design of the building itself.

Last but not least, it is also possible to use all these principles to create optical illusions. These black & white geometric spaces have been bautifully created by linear patterns and planes. This installations by Esther Stocker is a really great use of these techniques. We have used similar ideas in our own projects so we really understand the amount of precision that goes into creating something as special as this.




We hope you have enjoyed this weeks blog. See you again next week.

The Halo Group Creative Team x






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