In design, the grid acts as an organisational system, intelligently sorting content into various compositions, each telling a slightly different story. Made up of intersecting straight or curved guide-lines, the grid serves as a framework from which a designer can structure design elements into a rational, easy-to-read manner. Not only can this be used as a construction mechanism, it can also be a creative source of inspiration, applied to many different approaches and design ideas.

Esther Stocker grid installationEsther Stocker | Art installation 2004

For example, Brooklyn-based photographer Amanda Jasnowski uses the grid as a design element for her fashion photography. Characterised by solid block colour backgrounds and punchy subject matter, Jasnowski incorporates the shapely properties of the grid to create attention-grabbing retail promotions for brands such as Adidas and many more.

Amanda Jasnowski grid inspired fashion photographyAmanda Jasnowski | Adidas retail branding

Amanda Jasnowski grid inspired fashionAmanda Jasnowski | Fashion photography

Amanda Jasnowski grid inspired fashionAmanda Jasnowski | Fashion photography

After graduating from Kingston University in 2014, fashion designer Charlotte Ham is now based in London and is currently building her womenswear brand ICE. Since growing up around her families construction business in Somerset, Ham has constantly been inspired by architecture throughout her design years.

Charlotte Ham grid inspired fashionCharlotte Ham | Void collection

Her interest in architecture not only stems from the buildings shape and form, but the deeper meanings and concepts involved in the discipline itself, including the concept of negative space. This particular aesthetic, deriving from a grid system, informed one of the designer’s latest collections entitled ‘Void’.

Charlotte Ham grid inspired fashionCharlotte Ham | Void collection

This source of creative ideas was debuted by innovative couple Thronton Bregazzi in their pre-fall 2015 collection. The garments featured grid-like patterns in tones of deep red, opulent beige, black and electric blue- all with bold printed decorative imagery.

Thronton Bregazzi grid inspired fashionThronton Bregazzi | pre-fall 2015 collection

Thronton Bregazzi grid inspired fashionThronton Bregazzi | pre-fall 2015 collection

In addition, in 2013, Becca McCharen came out with her innovative Chromat designs using superstructures. Displayed in the Autumn/ Winter collection the pieces were inspired by mathematics, including links to grids, graphs and shapes involved in solving math problems.

Becca McCharen grid inspired fashionBecca McCharen | Chromat 2013 collection

Becca McCharen grid inspired fashion

Becca Mc Charen | Chromat 2013 collection

The grid doesn’t just sit in the creative world of fashion, this structural quality spreads itself across many other disciplines.  Polish design, Przemek Pyszczek draws upon his training in architecture and his personal history for his understated sculptures, installations, and paintings. His sculpture Playground Structure (Grid) draws upon the skeleton-like elements and brings the 2D grid into the three-dimensional world as a playful art piece.

Przemek Pyszczek grid inspired artPrzemek Pyszczek | Playground Structure (Grid)

Richard Tuttle, an extremely influential artist, creates extraordinary work that eludes classification and dissolves the boundaries of sculpture, painting, drawing, installation and printmaking.

Richard T grid inspired artRichard Tuttle | A Place in the Window II

Richard T grid inspired artRichard Tuttle | A Place in the Window II

His collection ‘A Place in the Window II’ consists of cotton pulp which has been dyed and fixed to grid-shaped metal wire sheets as a support system- perhaps visually representing just one of the many functions the grid possesses.

Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright

Referecnes

Feature image: Horwitz. C. Oranage grid art installation, 2013. Francois Ghebaly art gallery. Available at: http://www.parisphoto.com/agenda/channa-horwitz

Stocker. E. Art installation 2015. Available at: http://iloboyou.com/contemporary-abstract-art-by-esther-stocker/

Jasnowski. A. Portfolio photographs. Available at: http://assignmentagency.com/view.php?cat=89

Ham. Charlotte. Chromat, Void 2013 collection. Available at: http://thecuttingclass.com/post/104160528298/constructing-voids-with-charlotte-ham

Mc Charen. B. Chromat 2013 collection. Available at: http://musingsofbuffyleigh.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/chromat-aw-13.html

Bregazzi. T. Pre- fall 2015 collection. Available at: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/pre-fall-2015/preen-by-thornton-bregazzi/slideshow/collection#24

Pyszczek. P. Playground structure, 2015. Peres Projects. Available at: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-30-emerging-artists-to-watch-this-summer

Tuttle .R. A Place in the Window II Sculpture collection. Available at:  http://moussemagazine.it/richard-tuttle-mariangoodman/