The Fabric of India

A slideshow of images from the book accompanying the V&A exhibition

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (aka V&A) boasts an incredible collection of handmade Indian fabrics and textiles—a collection they say is the greatest in the world. Though their exhibition “The Fabric of India” is coming to a close this weekend, the accompanying hardcover book is surprisingly comprehensive—offering extensive research and accessible knowledge, as much as it inspires through vivid imagery. Featuring historic pieces (some dating …

Scientists Discover a New Mathematical Tile

One of math’s more curious mysteries lies in the world of pentagons and patterns. While an infinite number of possibilities exist, only 14 convex pentagons are known to be able to “tile the plane”—meaning that when placed together, they fit together perfectly. Now, after 30 years since the last breakthrough, a team comprised of Jennifer McLoud-Mann, Casey Mann and David Von Derau of the University …

550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs

The Pattern Base, a comprehensive new book, showcases the future of patterns and beyond

To demonstrate the sheer creativity and vision of over 150 designers across the globe, Kristi O’Meara and Audrey Victoria Keiffer—founders of Chicago’s The Patternbase design studio and online archive—have partnered with publisher Thames and Hudson—and “The Pattern Base” book was born. This impressive volume contains over 550 high-resolution images of pattern designs—from abstract and illustrative to geometric and floral. It’s equal parts sourcebook, guide and …