Nature’s Legacy in Design: A Journey through Lattice Screens to Modern Patterns

Direct Create
6 min readOct 4, 2023

In the world of creative expression, Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi once proclaimed, “Nothing is art if it does not come from nature.” This sentiment from a renowned pioneer of Catalan Modernism serves as a timeless reminder of the profound connection between nature and human creativity.

Nature: An unwavering muse throughout the centuries

Throughout history, nature has been an unwavering muse for artists, architects, and designers. From the ancient civilizations to the Renaissance, the intricate patterns and forms of the natural world have left an indelible mark on artistic expression. This article delves into the deep-rooted relationship between historical architecture and design and the enduring influence of nature. One of the most captivating embodiments of this connection can be seen in the lattice screens of architectural marvels from the mid-1300s to the 1700s in the northern parts of India. These lattice screens epitomize the perfect marriage of geometric precision and the grace of nature.

At DirectCreate, we embark on a journey to reinterpret history’s profound connection with nature, drawing inspiration from the lattice screens of that era and region as a prime example. Join us as we unveil the artistic tapestry that seamlessly links the past with our contemporary vision.

The Artistry of Geometric Patterns and Floral Motifs in Historical Lattice Screens

In the northern part of India, among the many architectural wonders, the lattice screens, known as “jaali” in Hindi, hold a special place. They symbolize the delicate fusion of architectural grandeur and nature-inspired design. These lattice screens, intricately carved with geometric patterns and adorned with floral motifs, stand as a testament to the profound appreciation for the natural world and the exceptional craftsmanship of their creators.

From Lattice Screens to Modern Pattern

As one stands before these intricate screens, the motifs intricately carved into the stone or marble evoke the sensation of being amidst a blossoming garden or a lush forest. The architects have ingeniously captured the essence of nature in these designs, employing an array of shapes and forms to replicate the grace and harmony found in the natural environment. It mirrors the natural world, showcasing geometric patterns that mimic the symmetry of leaves, flowers, and branches. The geometric patterns and floral motifs on the lattice screens represent more than just aesthetic appeal, reflecting the craftsmen’s profound understanding of nature’s inherent geometry and its omnipresent beauty.

The juxtaposition of geometric precision with organic fluidity in the lattice screens not only demonstrates their mastery of diverse artistic techniques but also mirrors their belief in the unity of the physical and metaphysical realms.

The meticulous execution of these designs not only showcases their artistic skills but also their reverence for the natural world. In Mughal culture, nature was revered for its inherent beauty and spiritual significance, and the lattice screens became a medium through which the divine beauty of the natural world was seamlessly woven into architectural design.

Replicating grace and harmony of nature through geometry

In the grand tapestry of human creation, historical monuments stand as timeless witnesses to the marriage of emotion and design. A crucial element in this symphony of creativity has been the development of emotional and dynamically scalable patterns. These intricate patterns aren’t just aesthetically pleasing; they are the very essence of what makes a monument iconic. The exclusivity inherent in custom-scalable patterns is the hallmark of a landmark, an individualised signature etched in history.

Bridging Eras: DirectCreate’s Fusion of Heritage and Modernity

DirectCreate’s fusion of Heritage and Modernity

We firmly believe that true innovation lies in merging tradition with forward-thinking concepts, in embracing the yesteryears to shape tomorrow’s aesthetics.

At DirectCreate, our journey is fueled by the aspiration to transcend temporal boundaries and connect the dots between the echoes of the past and the visions of the future. This drive fuels our efforts to intertwine the inherent beauty of nature with the cutting edge of modern design. We firmly believe that true innovation lies in merging tradition with forward-thinking concepts, in embracing the yesteryears to shape tomorrow’s aesthetics. Delving into the heart of the capital city’s rich heritage and drawing from the diverse schools of geometry, we have forged a new language of Geometry and Patterns at DirectCreate.

The concept of Leaf- Diamond motif developed by DirectCreate and its apttern variations

The Leaf-Diamond design developed after extensive research represents more than just a typical pattern. It encapsulates a rich tapestry of historical narratives, seamlessly blending ancient stories with contemporary aesthetics. This design, characterized by its Leaf-Diamond shape, is inherently versatile and serves as a bridge between diverse cultural influences, making it resonate with both modern and traditional contexts.

What sets this design apart is its ability to transcend material limitations, enabling its application across various mediums such as stone, paint, and tiles. The adaptability of this motif knows no bounds; it can gracefully find its place in different forms, breaking free from the conventional constraints of materials and spaces.

Carefully thought out and meticulously crafted, these patterns have been conceived to embody a sense of liberation from the restrictions that materials and spaces often impose. The Leaf-Diamond design can be artfully integrated into combinations of glazed and unglazed terracotta bricks, as well as customized profiles that feature intricately crafted infill panels adorned with 3D relief work. This design’s flexibility in material usage significantly broadens its scope of application, making it suitable for an array of artistic and architectural projects. Its versatile nature makes it an ideal choice for designers and architects seeking a design that can seamlessly adapt to their creative vision.

The patterns or the motif developed using the Leaf Diamond motif can be explored in various materials.

The versatility of these patterns is what distinguishes our method. We can seamlessly create a sense of integration into all spaces, be it the intimate nooks of an interior or the wide canvases of an exterior, depending on the specific character of a site, its intended purpose, financial limits, and the material at hand. It’s all about weaving a unified story via each surface and structure.

Harmonizing History and Innovation: A Future of Infinite Possibilities

The modular systems we’ve developed, enriched with a palette of variable colours, enhance the versatility and application potential of our patterns. This adaptability not only broadens the creative horizons but also translates into cost-efficiency, making our designs accessible and impactful. By incorporating these patterns into a myriad of contexts, we aspire to elevate experiences, evoke emotions, and redefine the very essence of design.

In essence, our patterns are a tribute to the timeless essence of historical monuments, an ode to the captivating dance of geometry and design witnessed in the bygone eras. As we move forward, this legacy inspires us to continue infusing the spirit of the past into the innovations of the future, painting a canvas that resonates with the beauty of history while envisioning the limitless possibilities of tomorrow.