The River City Carpet is inspired by the golden ratio – the ‘divine proportion’, or Phi – a number rooted in the architecture of our universe. Based on irrational numbers, it can be found in the engineering of all things natural, from the proportions of the human body to the structure of clouds. Equal parts common and exceptional, it is believed to be the most aesthetically pleasing and harmonious means of design.
When designing this carpet, we asked how this enigmatic ratio relates to our environment, and specifically, the environments that we design for ourselves. If human-centric design is at the crux of all we do, how can we implement it into our urban plans, our architecture, products and infrastructure?
Tasked by ARTinD to design a carpet that is inspired by Phi, the River City Carpet took influence also from the colours of traditional map work, overlapping them to form different layers, functionalities and flows within a city. The geographic becomes graphic, creating a fictitious city map with representations of different heights and urban settings, fitting seamlessly with all the elements of the golden ratio.
River City Carpet
UNStudio: Ben van Berkel with William de Boer and Franz Zuenkler