Trending Up: Triangulation

The power of three takes over today's design trends in chairs from U of O students, shoes from Nike, building materials from Italy and more.

By Kristin Belz May 31, 2013

The ancient, awesome power of three finds new applications in today's design world, from shoes to chairs to building materials. The trend harkens back to the old skool geodesic dome, good for world's fairs (1964 and 1967), barns, or domiciles of Buckminster Fuller and others. Maybe even for you? There are DIY kits to build your own geodesic dome home.

Design expert Braulio Agnese alerts us to the recent tendency towards triangulation. The trend is especially interesting because the triangle is pretty much the ultimate in old-fashioned stability: a highly logical, structurally sensible form that requires no fancy computer program to design and construct. Case in point: the three-legged stool. And yet,  computer-dependent parametric design is all over the triangle. 

Portland's Wood & Faulk use triangular construction in the most basic way possible for their portable camp stool ($165).

Recent design applications need not be copycats of Greg Lynn's experimental blob architecture of the 1990s, or the bulging walls of Frank Gehry's Bilbao or his Experience Music Project in Seattle. Take the design tour in our triangulation slide show link above and see for yourself.

Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

(Slide show photos by Clint Blowers for Katie Lee; Core77-Hand-Eye Supply; Tessel Supply; MammaFotogramma; Timberline Geodesics.)


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