Euclid Stijl

How many ways can you arrange geometric blocks of primary colors? We looked at design inspired by Euclid’s propositions, the strict order of de Stijl, and objects that make Mondrian more useful.

• Helen Friel’s series Here’s Looking at Euclid was inspired by Oliver Byrne’s 1847 edition of Euclid’s Elements. Byrne illustrated each proposition with color blocking rather than words and numbers. Friel’s business cards and paper models use Byrne’s colors and re-interpret his minimal approach, which was eccentric at the time but looks modern now.

• Charles Biederman’s New York, Number 18 gives depth to geometric abstraction with the shadows implicit in relief.

• Gerrit Rietveld’s Red Blue Chair is the perfect emblem of the de Stij group because of its palette of primary colors and emphasis on horizontal and vertical components. These principles of de Stijl translated into furniture, architecture, and painting, which is why the chair looks like a folded-up Mondrian.

• Matius’ Cuff applies Mondrian’s abstract geometry to a gentle curve.

• Joe Silvestro’s Zigzag Chair is handmade according to Rietveld’s design of 1934.

• Liyan’s Ring is a tiny version of Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow.

• Mademoiselle Alma’s Bracelet is constructed from bits of legos strung on stretchy cord.

• Mazizmuse’s Pillow Cover has Mondrian’s color blocked design stitched together on outdoor fabric.

• These Earrings by Artterrace are hand-sculpted versions of Mondrian’s painting in polymer clay.

• Emma G.’s Silk Scarf, like Mondrian’s paintings, is hand-painted and distinguished by its subtle variations.

• Emiko Oye’s Necklace suspends a Mondrian-inspired lego composition from rubber cord.