Geometry in Islamic Design: History, Practice, and Possibilities

Thursday, June 14, 2018
4:15 PM -  5:00 PM

The geometry found in Islamic design is a sophisticated language of motifs and patterns, but unlike the aesthetic traditions of Europe, Scandinavia, or Japan, it is almost entirely unrepresented in the studio furniture movement. In this image-rich presentation, Beston Barnett will survey historical and modern examples of interest to furniture-makers, and then discuss his own work with Islamic geometry, dwelling particularly on unique technical challenges and how they can be met with an amalgam of CAD modeling, lamination, CNC routing, laser cutting, and handwork.