Recently, many designers have created products inspired by the distinctive beauty of geodes. Much like the mineral itself, each dazzling creation is unique, from a handcrafted cake to handmade ceramics. Design studio Nervous System has taken this trend to another level, culminating in computer-generated geode puzzles that are truly one-of-a-kind.
Each puzzle contains about 180 birch plywood pieces that together form the colorful, concentric bands of an agate. These “slices of algorithmic rocks” are created using a computer simulation that mimics the growth of crystals and generates color from a pool of photographs. This fascinating approach results in one-off images, “each with its own unique shape and topography of layers that references an artificial geology.”
In addition to each puzzle’s special shape, this algorithm is also responsible for the individual pieces’ complex silhouettes—and the skill required to put them together. “This puzzle is cut in a dense, maze-like cut pattern,” Nervous System explains. “The extreme intertwining and high piece count make [this] our hardest cut style.”
If you think you could rock this challenge, you can pick up your own algorithmic puzzle from the My Modern Met Store. Remember, no two geodes are alike—so while puzzlers can pick their preferred color scheme, everything else is digital destiny.