The Nearest Geometry Comes To Music




In the 1960s an American architecture professor, William Huff, coined the term ‘parquet deformation’ to mean a regular pattern of tiles that transforms as you go from left to right whilst maintaining the regularity of the tiling.

Huff never made any floors like this – he was interested in the way that the pattern must be ‘read’ from one side to the other.

[…] In this way, it makes the pattern a ‘temporal’ composition – and possibly the nearest that geometry comes to music, which is also appreciated temporally.

—Alex Bellos, from “Crazy paving: the twisted world of parquet deformations” (via The Guardian)