The collection honours some of the world’s most enduring cultures by drawing inspiration from their traditional textiles. Global Expressions’ colours, shapes, materials, and techniques also demonstrate the ways cultures around the world find healing and togetherness through artistry.
Designed for 3form’s signature Varia resin and etched glass, the collection also offers material resilience with long-lasting applications in high-traffic environments.
3form has joined forces with artisans around the world for more than a decade to encapsulate intricate materials in durable translucent resin and transpose ornate patterns onto precision etched 3form Glass.
This collaboration with Gensler offered 3form the opportunity to bring an architectural perspective to a brand new line of globally inspired patterns. After meeting more than a year ago to conceptualize the collection, Gensler drew from their international organization to shape ideas that would ultimately become Global Expressions. Once Gensler presented their ideas to 3form, the manufacturer seamlessly transposed the vision onto stunning translucent repeats.
Global Expressions’ six patterns–Kente, Yakan, Jakar, Shibori, Kuba, and Ochre–reinterpret traditional weft techniques, material dyeing processes, and brocades through asymmetrical grids, faded corners, and intersecting shapes.
Shibori’s faded edges represent an ancient Japanese tie-dyeing method, while Kuba reimagines traditional handcrafted designs in an irregular gridded repeat. Unified by geometric shapes, these patterns also demonstrate the connections between cultures from all sides of the globe.
Global Expressions’ translucent Varia and etched 3form Glass amplify natural light in commercial spaces with depth, shadow, and texture. Applicable as wall panels, dividers, reception desk wraps, signage, and more, the patterns bring a world of possibilities for commercial projects.