How Random: 9 Products That Demonstrate Beauty in Chaos

How Random: 9 Products That Demonstrate Beauty in Chaos

s architecturally influenced people, we’re typically drawn toward certain geometries and structured pattern. But that doesn’t mean we can’t find or appreciate beauty in unstructured design. Here we present nine products — from carved wood panels to porcelain tiles — that boast stunningly random or seemingly mismatched patterns. An ongoing collaboration with small-village artisans around the world, the Full Circle series recently added a design that, poetically, pays tribute to the post-earthquake rebuilding in Nepal. Kathali, also the Nepalese word for wooden, was directly inspired by the 3form design team’s encountering aromatic wood shavings produced from the rebuilding efforts in the country. The shavings were collected, shaped and painted by the local artisans and then encapsulated by 3form in glass or Varia Ecoresin material. This porcelain field tile remarkably captures the unique characteristics of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri wood in striking diagonal patterns. The large-format tiles measure 24 by 48 inches with a 3/8-inch thickness and come in Tasman Blue, Victoria Grey, Fiordland Brown, Catlins Beige or Awanui White colorways. All of the colorways are available in polished finish, while Awanui White, Tasman Blue and Victoria Grey additionally come in matte finish.