Digitalising traditional design

Julian Molina

The creation of design tools enabling architects to explore the centuries-old world of traditional Islamic patterns and motifs are the result of a two year project by brothers Luis Fernando and Julian Eduardo Molina.

Just launched in the UAE, the programmes are intended to assist in the creation of a new generation of the geometric creations in building facades, structures and decorations which are such an important part of Middle Eastern design traditions.

The brothers – who have a background in information technology but are also involved with art and other sciences – said their aim was to “grasp the secrets behind the ancient art form and the programming of a set of tools that assist in the creation of a new generation of Islamic geometric patterns”.


They added: “Computational design and modern fabrication technology can breathe life into an artistsic expression that has remained unchanged for centuries”.

The Molinas formed Nomad Inception to launch the product, which was created with the assistance of designers Jay Bonner, Eric Broug and Jean –Marc Castera.

It works by presenting an overview of traditional Islamic designs and tracing their evolution, before adapting them to an existing building interior or exterior, via computer simulations.

The resulting designs can be applied to retrofits of older structures or completely new projects which are rooted in tradition.

Julian Eduardo Molina said “Both Luis and myself are entrepreneurs with a revolutionary idea. We launched ourselves into the quest to bring Arabic geometric art to the world.

“Our aim is to make Nomad Inception as a global reference in luxury architectural products inspired in Islamic arts.”



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