Manic Patterns brings together the work of artists and designers in an exhibition with the character of an installation. Both the works themselves and the display are visually dense: an interplay between tranquillity and commotion. Manic Patterns is not about defining or uniting disciplines but rather about how makers with varying preoccupations share a passion for pattern and structure. Repetition, order and the creation of freedom play an underlying role within a pattern. Nothing is more boring than more of the same. Many of the works feature the endless repetition of parts of the motif. It is here that the ‘manic’ of the title resides. Neither the makers nor the viewers can escape this obsessive repetition. The exhibitors have a shared interest in meticulous work, in which the grand gesture makes way for an eye for detail. ‘Less is more’ is out of the question. The exhibition features wallpapers and textiles, a new area of interest for many designers. But within the classical decorative arts there is still great interest in repeated patterns on vases and dishes. The two-dimensional works in the show exhibit a much freer approach to pattern, incorporating not only forms but also texts. Carla Kogelman’s photographic portraits of manic-depressive patients, presented on Studio Job’s Labyrinth wallpaper, create moments of rest within the visual clamour.