Objects of Perfection
The fluid and effortless curves of foam and fin have been in constant development since surfing was first developed by the people of Polynesia. Like the Stradivarius, highly functional objects develop a natural subconscious aesthetic over time through constant refinement. In 20th-century modernism, architects such as Oscar Niemeyer developed a coherent language based upon the symbolic freedom of the sensual curve and the feminine. It was the curve of the mountains and the rivers of his homeland that inspired his work, yet these curves were ultimately free-form curves of the mind. Le Corbusier similarly developed radically new interpretations of form, using curves in balance with geometric shape. Working in collaboration with French artist, Amédée Ozenfant together, they developed Purism - a movement where objects are represented as elementary, focusing on the evocative forms of everyday objects and their sublime outlines. As recent architectural history reveals, there are many ways to express the curve, whether it be the result of human will or mathematical certainty. Each is relevant and perhaps indifferent of the other - yet presents its own elegance.