From Paint Chip Sculptures to Building Block Cafes

 - May 6, 2012
Since its inception in the early 20th century, cubist creations have been dotting the artistic, design and architectural landscape with their polygonal sensibilities.

At its height, artists such as Pablo Picasso were portraying people and scenes in ways that had never been done before. This allowed the viewer to see the muse from multiple perspectives at once, and this kaleidoscopic effect was groundbreaking.

During the modernist period of architecture in the mid-twentieth century, the box was king. A casual stroll through many North American cities will make this point plainly clear.

In recent years right angles have given way to definite curves (think Frank Gehry buildings and Damien Hirst's Spot paintings), yet the appeal of the clean, well-defined cube remains.