ilonka-karasz

Ilonka Karasz. The Shape of Things. 1964.

“With the help of geometry we can measure the earth & the shape of things on earth. We can do more–we can build. Man builds houses & bridges & measures by shadows. How does nature build? Who makes the snowflakes in the shape of hexagons? The beehives & the wasps nests? Rocks & Crystals appear in very definite shapes. Nature makes salt in the shape of cubes. The prism breaks light into the seven colors of the rainbow, and bubbles pack like a tetrakaidecahedron. Maybe everything in the universe is constructed on some very exact pattern. Look about you at the stars & the shells & the flowers & the wings of dragonflies…”

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Ilonka Karasz. The Shape of Things. 1964.

“With the help of geometry we can measure the earth & the shape of things on earth. We can do more–we can build. Man builds houses & bridges & measures by shadows. How does nature build? Who makes the snowflakes in the shape of hexagons? The beehives & the wasps nests? Rocks & Crystals appear in very definite shapes. Nature makes salt in the shape of cubes. The prism breaks light into the seven colors of the rainbow, and bubbles pack like a tetrakaidecahedron. Maybe everything in the universe is constructed on some very exact pattern. Look about you at the stars & the shells & the flowers & the wings of dragonflies..”

For G.F.F.

“Wisconsin”, a gorgeous mid-century wallpaper design by Ilonka Karasz.

M and I were back in my hometown (Brunswick, Maine) a week ago, and some time spent combing the extraordinary clutter of the Fort Andross flea market turned up the second issue of remarkable 1950/51 design magazine Portfolio, and a huge Lewiston-Auburn Pie-Baking Contest pin for our former roommate and at-that-moment cat-watcher.