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Daniel Hörning: geometry and geology as mosaic in natural stone

Daniel Hörning: „Organic shapes in geometrical order“.

Nature is reflected in many facets of geometry, e.g. a spider web, a leopard’s spots, a honeycomb or even the cracks in a dried river bed. Perhaps even Euclid of Alexandria was inspired by nature in the 3rd century B.C. when working on what is now known as Euclidian geometry.

Daniel Hörning is a passionate stone mason and uses similar means: he groups polygons together until he discovers a mathematical pattern. He uses only natural stone – which prompted us to dub his product idea Geo2-Mosaic. After all his tiles are an assimilation of geometry and geology.

The pattern above is some 30×30 cm (12”x12”) and 2.5 cm thick (1”). It weighs 6 kg (12 lbs.).
Each of Hörning’s surfaces is unique and hand-made. Four equal pieces set together can be used as a planter. The challenge is in the edges allowing continuity of the surrounding lines.

Daniel Hörning: „Arizona PT344“.

The first produt according to this concept is the planter „Arizona PT344“ with 64x64x64 cm (25x25x25 inch). The stone-veneer is mounted on fiberlass.

Daniel Hörning: „Arizona PT344“.

A pair of planters costs 3,800 US-$ because each piece is handmade and unique. The similarity of each piece is unmistakable – the pattern ensues from the previous piece.

Daniel Hörning: „Organic shapes in geometrical order“.

We took the liberty of developing the idea…

Daniel Hörning: „Organic shapes in geometrical order“.

Daniel Hörning: „Organic shapes in geometrical order“.

… and came up with another pattern making Hörning’s mosaic suitable for large surfaces.

He wrote us: „Yes it is possible to create an entire facade (even for a skyscaper) based on a single stone tile design including no more than 43 shapes but there needs to be little variations within the repetitions in order to keep a natural fluidity.“ The rendering below visualizes the idea based on the Arizona PT344.

Daniel Hörning: „Arizona PT344“.

Hörning grew up in Southern France in a region between the Rhône and the Alps where he underwent his apprenticeship as a stone mason and took an early interest in irregular stones. He now lives in California.

Daniel Hörning

Renderings: Daniel Hörning

(27.04.2014, USA: 04.27.2014)