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Mohawk Moodboards: Circle Obsession

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It’s the end of the summer, time to go back to school, and refocus our energies on new plans and projects. With the close of one season, we begin another – hence the circle of life.

Circles have been a motif in architecture, design and art throughout civilization. Euclid recognized the circle as an essential element in geometry. In the modern era, design thinkers like Bruno Munari (see his book Square, Circle, Triangle) brought to our attention the notion of circles as symbols of the divine. Bauhaus artist and teacher László Maholy-Nagy was a proponent of the circle as a modernist motif, using it prolifically in his work. It is striking how his paintings and photography remain very relevant today with their exploration of minimalist compositions. It is so much so, that a large retrospective was put on by The Guggenheim Museum in New York City this summer, and it is now moving to the Art Institute in Chicago.

Designers today are still enthralled with the circle, as evidenced in Milan and New York during their respective Design Weeks. No doubt, designers are looking to a new minimalism, one that eschews clues to time and place and rather focuses on purity of form. We’ve been seeing this trend on the rise with lighting, mirrors, furniture, contemporary art and sculpture, as well as fashion, and we suspect the obsession with circles will stick around for generations to come.


Lighting by Lievore Altherr Molina for Vibia

Matilda Norberg

Fashion by Matilda Norbergo


2 Moons Floor Lamps by Nir Meiri (Galerie Nilufar)


Painting by László Maholy-Nagy

Yeffet Koldova

Levels End Tables by Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova

Felice Varini

Art by Felice Varini

Look for the circle motif in a variety of our soft and hard surface products:


Coordinating Mohawk Group products from left to right: Lenticular Relief in color Light Grey Copper 922; Spherical Infusion in color Contour 263; Seek Unique in color Black Velvet 7889; Color Beat in color Black Bean 996; Color Beat in color Brushed Metal 976; Matuto in color Grey Granite 959; Matuto in color Red Hot 353; True Round Rubber in color Red Hot TRR 55

Search MohawkMoodboards to see more of our inspiration boards curated by Royce Epstein, Mohawk Group’s Director of Design Segment. Share what inspires you on InstagramPinterest and Twitter and use the hashtag #MohawkMoodboards.