Geometrics in design–a math lesson you will enjoy

Do you break out in a cold sweat at the mere mention of mathematics?  Does the term “geometry” send you running?  Well, no worries  here.  For the purpose of discussion on this blog, let’s take a look at how geometry and geometrics are used in the realm of interior design and architecture.

A quick review

The true list of geometric shapes appears endless so, for our purpose, we will review the most common shapes used in design:

  • Triangle
  • Hexagon
  • Polygon
  • Square
  • Octagon
  • Rectangle
  • Pentagon
  • Straight line
  • Oval, circle and ellipse

Even to those of us who barely got through math class, these shapes are familiar.  Just take a look at your surroundings and you will begin to see the use of one or a combination of geometric shapes that make up the design of buildings and furniture as well as its appearance on fabric patterns and accessories.  Now here is a math test you can pass–How many geometric shapes can you spot in this photo of both old and new architecture?

Gherking building in London fronted by old buildings.  Photo taken by Martin Pierce hardware

Gherking building in London fronted by old buildings. Photo taken by Martin Pierce hardware

Even fluid and organic items such as the architectural hardware designed by Martin Pierce feature many geometric shapes that include a circle, an oval, certainly a straight line, and even a triangle.  Look closely at the design of our Hedgerow line and you will see evidence of these.

Hedgerow cylinder cover from Martin Pierce Hardware

Hedgerow cylinder cover from Martin Pierce Hardware

In other pieces, straight lines are softened and morph into the waves and curves of our popular Ergo collection for example, and circles are elongated to form our conical pulls.

To view more items in all of these collections or to see our entire selection of custom hardware, please visit us at  We promise there will be no math test!


About martinpierceblog

Martin and Anne Pierce live in Los Angeles California with their beloved rescue dog, Iris. Martin's custom designs reflect his love of nature and include beautiful vine and fern drawer pulls, a realistic yet whimsical collection of bugs and other critters on door hardware and charming floral designs on everything from door levers to bathroom accessories. He also enjoys creating sculptural contemporary pieces that are easy to access for those with limited physical capabilities. All of Martin's designs are hand carved and cast in their Los Angeles studio where there is truly something for everyone. Please contact us with any questions or custom queries
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