LMAKbooks+design presents Dragon Curve, an immersive installation of objects, wall pieces and home goods by Ellen Van Dusen. In the exhibition, the walls and floors of the second floor space are covered with the designer’s pattern, “Arc,” which is inspired by an infinite fractal pattern first described by NASA physicist John Heighway in the 1960s known as the “Dragon Curve.”
In her work, Van Dusen often utilizes mathematical or conceptual rules to create patterns, isolating one or two factors in order to produce a complex image. For this exhibition, she created a pattern by connecting multiple rotations of a simple shape – an arc – at a 90° angle. The resulting curve never crosses itself and does not meet at the ends. Van Dusen has explored this continuous and infinite pattern in various iterations, through different widths, colors, and media. It is a study of each variable within the context of the curve.
The exhibition features collaborations with both Bower Studios and Brendan Timmins. With a focus on mirrors, Bower explores perceptions of depth, light and self, and aims to bring unexpected objects and environments into people’s lives. The triptych mirror, designed in collaboration with Bower, merges Van Dusen’s playful patterns with Bower’s innovative take on mirrors. The reflective pattern pulls in other patterns within the space, depending on where the viewer stands, creating a dynamic overlay of patterns and textures on the wall.
The upholstered chairs, made in collaboration with Timmins, signal a new use and direction for the “Arc” print. Timmins, a designer of semi-functional aestheticized objects, is inspired by hidden processes, material experimentation and the prototype as a unique and self-contained form.