Zomes were first created in the southwestern United states in the late 1960’s, by Steve Baer. The zome was named to describe the blending of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic “dome” and geometric “zonohedron” shapes. Zomes are structures similar to domes, but with different geometric formulas and patterns.
Since the first uses of the zome geometry in the 60's, this shape has been used as the basis for houses, molecular modeling, children’s learning toys and beautiful art displays. Examples of zome geometry can be seen from the mesas of New Mexico to the Pyrenees mountains of France; from natural building workshops in Chile to the playa of Black Rock City. Though the geometric shape has spread across the world, until now they have all been sited on foundations... on the ground.
Kodama Zomes introduced the first hanging structure based on zome geometry in 2013. This patented use of the zome geometry, suspended from above, has awed and inspired thousands with the beauty of natural patterning and sacred geometry.
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty” – Bertrand Russell
The art and essence of Kodama Zomes are rooted in mathematics. Specifically, the zomes are based on natural patterns, proportions, and sacred geometry. These same patterns can be seen in everyday life. Pinecones and sunflowers exhibit sacred geometry, as do famous paintings, architecture, and the human body. Generally speaking, the more any creation uses the basic forms of natural shape and size, the more “beautiful” it is to our senses. It just feels right.
Truly an interactive piece of art, the sensation of hanging in a zome is simply indescribable. The shape allows for a comfort and spaciousness. It feels open and unconfined while still encompassed and protected. The unrestricted pendulum motion and womb-like feel instill trust, comfort, and peace of mind in the user. Inside a zome, one instantly feels at ease and in awe. Yes, we are still talking about a piece of furniture and no, we are not exaggerating.
Gravity could very well be the most under-used force on earth. While most all structures must resist gravity, the hanging zome uses it to provide form and shape. They are supported from above, which allows the structure to be minimal and efficient. Using gravity as a structural element, the Kodama Zome is able to get the best out of each material. The webbing resists only tension forces, while the metal resists the compression and bending forces. Holistically, zomes exemplify synergy and innovative structural integrity.
As a person swings in a smooth and rhythmic motion, the blood and lymphatic fluids of the body become centered and synchronized. This fluid equilibrium is known to reduce stress and tension, promote circulation and calm the nervous system. Several scientific research studies have confirmed that swinging motion has positive effects on conditions such as stress, sleeplessness, and anxiety. The relaxing nature that is prompted by gentle and rhythmic swinging calls for health on all levels of being: physically, mentally and emotionally.
Kodama Zomes provide a three-fold benefit:◦ A physical fluid equilibrium of the blood and lymphatic systems, which supports sensory integration and vestibular stimulation.
◦ The visual and visceral experience of sacred geometry, proportion, and natural patterning kindles our sense of beauty.
Zomes are great for all, but especially beneficial for:
◦ Mothers with newborns
◦ Excitable children
◦ The handicapped
◦ The developmentally impaired
◦ The elderly
◦ Anyone looking to sink into the soothing, natural rhythms of life
Zomes for the Handicapped and Developmentally Impaired
Studies of developmental disorders, including research by A. Jean Ayers, conclude that rocking motions immediately ameliorate symptoms associated with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADD/ADHD, and over time can result in positive developmental change.
Occupational therapists have long since utilized similar forms of movement to help aid hyperactive and excitable children. The slow, rhythmic, and predictable movement of the swinging, along with the spacious enclosed shape of the Kodama Zome, helps to create a womb-like sense of security and comfort.
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