Trend Watch: Kaleidoscopic Patterns

Trend Watch: Kaleidoscopic Patterns

Sarah Coffey
Apr 28, 2010

Skate culture and designer/artists like Mike Perry, Cody Hudson, and Apartment Therapy's own house tour participant Serena Mitnik-Miller have been influencing the design world (and vice-versa) for a while now. We've been noticing a trend toward the colorful, kaleidoscopic patterns we associate with these guys.

Designers like Tom Dixon and the Bouroullec Brothers are (either consciously or unconsciously) coming out with their own unique takes on the trend. Or, as often happens, artists are picking up ideas from the things they see in the design world. This two-way street is what helps to create the trend, as it filters through many different media.

Another recent and (we think) relevant reference is the idea of cracking, outlined as a structural algorithm in this book by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch. Basically, you take a triangle and crack it in the center over and over again, producing a kaleidoscopic pattern that looks random but really isn't. Chaos out of order or order out of chaos, depending on how you look at it. Either way, it looks cool.


  1. Mason and Serena's Sunset Beach Bungalow
  2. Beat Happening Poster by Mike Perry at Renegade Handmade, $28
  3. Vegetal Chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra, $555
  4. Beam Rug by Tom Dixon for the Rug Company
  5. Love Hate Print by Bianca Gomez at Poster Cabaret, $30
  6. Monroe Tea Towel from Ferm Living, $19
  7. Monroe Wallpaper from Ferm Living, $127/roll
  8. Spacetime Wall Decals by Andy Miller for Poketo, $48
  9. Random Geometry Wallpaper from Nama Rococo
  10. Laptop Sleeve from Brooklyn Industries, $19

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