Is less really more? At long last, designers, artists, and architects have rediscovered the evocative effect of patterns and are paying homage to décors once rejected as superfluous, by covering lamps, chairs, rooms or entire façades with stripes, polka dots and camouflage designs. Indispensable for anyone interested in contemporary trends in design, art and architecture. This book presents the various multidisciplinary approaches to patterns, showing the many functions and fields of application. Using examples of contemporary work by internationally renowned designers such as Fabio Novembre, Claesson Koivisto Rune and Karim Rashid, by architects such as Herzog and de Meuron, Steven Holl and Sauerbruch Hutton, and artists such as Bridget Riley and Gerhard Richter, a kaleidoscope of colours and forms are laid out before the reader. New interpretations of traditional motifs are illustrated, as well as the impact and influence of technical innovations such as laser engraving and digital milling on the creation and realization of patterns today.