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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…”

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1 - Ilonka Karasz, (Hungarian) vase, bowl and candlestick. Silver-plated metal, American, c.1928.

2 - John Storrs, Forms in Space, Number 1. Stainless steel and copper, American, c.1924.

3 - Josef Hoffmann, Bowl. Gilded metal, Austrian. c.1924.

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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.