Aperiodic Tile Patterns

As a kid I would stare at the bathroom tile of my home for what seemed like hours. So, when I was reading this article by Maclom Gladwell (you can also click the image of Malcom below) something struck me as amazing about the idea of a bathroom floor with a tile pattern that never repeats…

From Gladwell’s description of a former Microserf…

“He is obsessed with aperiodic tile patterns. (Imagine a floor tiled in a pattern that never repeats.) When Myhrvold built his own house, on the shores of Lake Washington, outside Seattle—a vast, silvery hypermodernist structure described by his wife as the place in the sci-fi movie where the aliens live—he embedded some sixty aperiodic patterns in the walls, floors, and ceilings”

So, basically, if I ever have my own home, I’m totally going to have a bathroom floor that looks like this:

I have yet to even finish reading the article.

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4 Responses to “Aperiodic Tile Patterns”


  1. 1 Allison Gustavson May 11, 2008 at 4:08 am

    I was just reading the same New Yorker and stopped, at the same spot, to look up examples of aperiodic tile patterns. We seem to be following a similar trajectory. Have you found any images of such aperiodically decorated rooms?

  2. 2 sifko July 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    i was just reading the same article and also stopped to look up aperiodic tiling! love your proposed bathroom floor!

  3. 3 Claw Money July 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for 7


  1. 1 The Doors of Perception « zerblogger Trackback on June 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm

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