Theory of forms

In connection with his color theory Ostwald was also engaged in the “harmony of forms”. Using the rules he developed Ostwald created ornaments and new forms “according the laws of combinatorics” which were “all beautiful, without any exception”!

Welt der Formen / World of forms

  • Wilhelm Ostwald, Die Welt der Formen : Entwicklung und Ordnung der gesetzlich schönen Gebilde (Leipzig 1922).
  • Wilhelm Ostwald, ‘Warum sind Kristalle schön?’, Hamburger Fremdenblatt 94 (1922) No. 150