3form’s New Graphic Patterns Capture the Cityscape of Downtown LA
Award-winning materials manufacturer 3form is excited to introduce five new Graphic Patterns—Height, Rain, Window, Stacks, and Palms—inspired by the architecture, nature, and culture throughout downtown Los Angeles. The new patterns transpose the city’s vibrancy and sophistication into clean yet spirited designs, which are interpreted from Union Station’s Art Deco façade, towering modern skyscrapers, and rows of palm trees designs. An expansion of 3form’s existing Graphic Patterns collection, the new offerings provide more geometric selections that transform in aesthetic with each different colorway. Designed to be encapsulated in 3form’s translucent Varia panels, each pattern’s negative space allows light to pass through for illuminated space division.
When sourcing inspiration for this collection, 3form’s Vice President of Design, Christian Darby, traveled to Los Angeles’ Union Station to capture the Art Deco and Moorish patterns covering the historic landmark.
But to Christian’s delight, Union Station wasn’t the only place that sparked inspiration. Los Angeles’ entire downtown scene enthralled him.
“Sometimes in design, people create the story after the [collection is complete], but that’s not the case with this,” says Christian. “I was planning on being inspired by Union Station, but the city overwhelmed me.”
Moved by the drama of the downtown Los Angeles skyline, Height, Rain, and Window reinterpret rows of skyscrapers as repeating, linear patterns. Height takes a pared-down approach to a modern edifice with its rows of thin vertical dashes. Distilling a cluster of high-rises into a simple pattern, Rain’s thin disparate lines reflect the variety of buildings that make up the Los Angeles skyline. Influenced by the glass towers that loom over 100-year-old Art Deco structures, Window interprets the all-glass buildings as a repeated abstract pattern made with diagonal lines of varying thickness. Stacks is composed of an intriguing juxtaposition of long lines layered over squares, much like the iconic shapes in Art Deco.
Capturing the signature palm trees that dot the LA streets, Palms brings playful contrast to the rest of the architectural collection. Designed to bring whimsy and fun into any communal space, Palms is available in full size and mini for a tighter, abstract look.
The new Graphic Patterns will join 3form’s Varia product line, which has certifications in Post-Industrial Recycled Contents (SCS), Optimized EPD (SCS), Type III EPD (SCS), Greenguard Gold (UL), and Red List Free Declare Label (ILFI). This aggressive pursuit of certifications and higher product standards is one example of 3form’s comprehensive sustainability program, Align, in action.
Launched in March 2020, Align represents 3form’s commitment to empowering architects, designers, and consumers to make smart choices about how they buy and build.
Graphic Patterns are available in 4’x8’ and 4’x10’ panels, with 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″, and 1″ gauges and a two-week lead time. All graphic patterns are also available in monolithic etched glass.
3form, a Hunter Douglas company, is a design-driven materials solutions company offering breakthrough sustainable products that help bring projects to life. Their approach promotes craftsmanship, community, sustainability, and respect for the environments where we work and live. The 3form product portfolio ranges from innovative materials to sophisticated turn-key solutions. The full 3form family includes lighting studio LightArt, and glass and contract surfacing manufacturer EFI.