Decoding the Grid Index

Unless you’re a mathematician or designer who lays down a complex map and then designs over it, Grid Index, “the first comprehensive visual lexicon of patterns and grid systems” complete with a CD of “editable vector graphic data files” might not make a whole lot of sense. Looking at page after page of geometric patterns, it’s difficult (for me, at least) to visualize what the final result might be. But not for author Carsten Nicolai whose most recent sculpture, poly stella, was unveiled in Tokyo last month. Poly stella, a “complex polyhedron structure” is a direct product of those seemingly flat, black and white grids and “a striking example of how rather simple elements by means of a high rate of organization can lead to an extremely complex system.”