Pattern insight + emergence

Delving beneath the surface of life at Patternity Studio

Continuing our celebration of the omnipresent and unifying nature of pattern – we bring together interviews with our network of specialists, new PATTERNITY STUDIO projects updates, event information and focussed research articles on life’s many patterns on and beneath the surface. For specific information regarding PATTERNITY research, studio projects or events please contact press@patternity.org


Modernist architect Berthold Lubetkin designed the London Zoo Penguin pool in 1934. “Lubetkin conceived it as a stage set with walkways for the waddling penguins in the favourite constructivist form of a double helix and a spacious pool where they could show off their speed and grace when swimming”…

Microscopic organisms are a source of endless beauty, creating patterned structures and abstract blobs. A group of undergraduate researchers revealed the gruesome yet magnificent forms created by the imprint of their phone in a bacterial growth formula.

University of Surrey senior lecturer in molecular bacteriology, Simon Park noted “it seems that the mobile phone doesn’t just remember telephone numbers, but also harbours a history of our personal and physical contacts such as other people, soil etc”…

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Kicking off the Menswear for AW15, London Collections: Men piqued our interest showing autumnal outerwear with a focus on glossy leathers.

Check back in soon for the full AW15 Menswear PATTERNITY roundup from shows across London, Paris and Milan…

Revisit the menswear pattern picks for SS15 and AW14

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In 2015 Grace Farms River Building, designed by architects SANAA,will open. Tipped as one of Dezeen’s 15 buildings to look forward to in 2015, the River Building will take the form of flowing water, nestling in the Connecticut landscape.

Architect Kazuyo Sejima, co-founder and co-principal of SANAA, stated, “Our goal with the River is to make the architecture become part of the landscape. We hope that those who are on the property will have a greater enjoyment of the beautiful environment and changing seasons through the spaces and experience created by the River.”…

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Stanley Kubrick’s eminent 1980 film The Shining has been revered for both it’s story and set design. Many commentators have noted the apparent inconsistencies and confusion created by the labyrinth like set arguing Kubrick’s choice of set dressing was deliberately chosen to disorient the viewer, much like an Escher piece, adding to the horror and surreality of the film.

Once such element is the iconic carpet designs, huge geometric patterns highlighting how small and vulnerable son Danny is as he cycles along the hallways of the hotel, especially when shot using Kubrick’s signature one point perspective. Many other hidden messages and conspiracies are linked to the simple carpet designs, which stand testament to Kubrick’s direction skills and the power of simple pattern design.

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A celebration of our most striking pattern pairings from this year’s PATTERNITY archive, these parallels challenge our perception of the everyday by exposing the common language of pattern, uniting the worlds of fashion and design with science, nature, geology and more…

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