Every One of These Geode-Inspired Jigsaw Puzzles is Completely Unique

Best Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Design studio Nervous System is known for their twist on convention. Last year, they introduced the world to the Infinite Galaxy Puzzle, which is a space-inspired, shape-shifting jigsaw with no beginning or end. They’re now back with another “fiendishly difficult” puzzle that boasts a similarly organic shape to its predecessor. This one, however, focuses on the beautiful bounty of Earth. Called Geode, it's a series of jigsaw puzzles that are modeled after agate, a colorful banded stone.

Nothing about the Geode is cookie cutter. “Each puzzle is unique,” Nervous System explains, “emerging from a computer simulation that creates natural variations in the shape, pieces, and image.” The result is hundreds of plywood pieces that form a “slice” of rock and a maze-like puzzle.

While the Geode resembles a piece of agate, the conceptual basis for how each puzzle is created is also akin to how the real thing is made; agate typically forms by bubbles of gas that leave pockets in volcanic stone. As it begins to crystallize from the outside in, concentric layers of minerals produce the colorful bands for which the crystal is known.

“Our computer generated agates emerge from a similar process. First, we grow a chamber (this will be the shape of the puzzle). Then we progressively grow the edge inward, perpendicular to the boundary, until the chamber is filled.” The color is determined from a “pool of photographs” that the studio takes as they travel—everything from coral reefs to the New England coast.

Nervous System has created two varieties of the Geode puzzles. One iteration, bearing the same name, is approximately 180 pieces, while Orbicular is larger at 370 pieces. Both are now available in their online shop.

Design studio Nervous System makes some of the best jigsaw puzzles.

Best Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Best Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Their latest puzzle is modeled after agate stone.

Best Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Each puzzle is computer generated and completely unique.

Best Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Best Jigsaw Puzzles by Nervous System

Learn more about the jigsaw puzzles in the video below:

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h/t: [The Awesomer]

All images via Nervous System.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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