MAK­ING SHAPES

Le­an­dro Caste­lao’s Tem­plate of Par­ti­cles brings geo­met­ric joy to any de­sign space

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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.

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