Leandro Castelao’s Template of Particles brings geometric joy to any design space
no designer should be without a stencil or two. Whether it’s for sketching that initial concept or crafting a bespoke pattern, the humble age-old instrument is always at hand – you don’t even have to switch it on.
Brooklyn-based designer Leandro Castelao’s abiding love for this “analog version of Illustrator” spurred him to create his own stencil for shapes he uses often. Initial designs were cut from cardboard so Castelao could find the combination he liked the most, but he also wanted the stencil to be durable and pleasing to the eye. Over two months and 50 designs later, the Template of Particles was born – a nineshape stencil made from 100 per cent brass, hewn using the same process developed by car companies to make small, precise car parts.
The Template’s shapes can be combined to form myriad images, both simple and complex: fill them in or use their contours, overlap the lines or repeat them to infinity, or flip the stencil and recombine the shapes in their mirrored forms.
The foil-stamped envelope packaging is as elegant as its contents, and showcases just a few of the many creations made possible by the Template of Particles.