Free Trend Report Free 2019 Report & eBook

Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book. Our Research Methodology

This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.

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.