Diamond by Bloomingville; round box by Bolia; candle holder by Menu; wooden shapes by HAY Mirror balance and algorithmic precision may sound like human fabrications, but taking a closer look at the circular swirl of a sunflower or the intricate Fibonacci sequence of a pinecone shows that nature is the original master of symmetry. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, the designs we create often emulate the precise patterns we perceive in the natural world. Many species of plants and animals share this distinct aesthetic feature (sea sponges are an exception; they do their own thing), and symmetry even extends into the cosmos: Astronomers have observed that the Milky Way galaxy is a perfect mirror image of itself, and it also exhibits a logarithmic spiral similar to a nautilus shell. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Eighteen Buy Now Related Stories Design Inside Looking Out A rewilding of interior design in the heart of Milan. Design Issue 44 An Unmovable Feast A place setting stitched for every season. Design Partnerships Together Again The return of the small gathering, in partnership with Fritz Hansen. Design Issue 42 Light Snack A luminous celebration of gelatin. Design Interiors Issue 42 Studio Tour: Fernando Caruncho Gardens sit between the natural and the artificial. George Upton meets the man mediating between the two. Design Issue 42 The Low-Down An architectural conversation starter.