Designers frequently enjoy a little something to occupy their ears, while hands and eyes are busy creating. Podcasts are always a good bet, and one of my favorites is 99% INVISIBLE, a podcast about design. I was doubly delighted with a recent episode entitled The Fancy Shape, which is all about a design element called the quatrefoil, and a little bit about trend spotting too! Though the Arabic world may have perfected it, and then spread it's use far and wide, the geometric quality of the quatrefoil means that it has appeared in the decorative arts of nearly every culture. And it seems to be the new darling of the design world; the quatrefoil is the new chevron, if you will! On the episode page, Roman Mars and his crew have provided many an architectural example of this universal motif.
And for your viewing pleasure, we've gathered several recent examples of the quatrefoil in surface pattern design. (Click on an image for a link back to the original product.) Finally, a link to the book Mr. Mars mentions, The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones.