What is it about twins that is so intrinsically settling (the above image notwithstanding)?
Pairs hold a mystical place in our collective lexicon. You’ll find twins in the mythologies of many cultures around the world. In some they’re seen as ominous, in others they’re seen as auspicious. Often seen as two halves of the same whole, twins legendarily share a bond deeper than that of the run-of-the-mill siblings. Simply put, twins represent the dualistic nature of the universe.
Twins also find their place in the built world. The stable use of “the pair” in the design has always been a balancing element – a sort of leveling of the scales. Symmetry would certainly not exist without it. Also, there’s something about the presence of twos that seem to tame chaos. No matter what visual shenanigans are going on, steady twosomes anchor and buoy a rocking boat even in the roughest of waters.
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