[Vietnamese Hill Tribe Maze pillow]
Last night I was able to catch just a little bit of American Masters' Jeff Bridges episode. On his lawn, Bridges has an expansive labyrinth and the filmmakers noted a key difference between a labyrinth and a maze: A maze involves alternate paths, so decisions are required to navigate it, but a labyrinth has only one route to center. The latter is less stressful. I'm sure the landscape architects and gardeners out there already know a great deal about this, but I'm only beginning to think much about mazes in design.
Above is an abstract example spotted recently at John Robshaw's Souk. And a similar grid pattern can be seen in his spring 2011 Irrwadi collection.
If you're drawn to the patterns mixed together in the pillow shown at the top, you might also enjoy Patricia Cheesman's Lao-Tai Textiles.
The "labyrinth" scene in Orlando is among the most memorable but I'm not entirely clear on whether Tilda Swinton is running through a maze or a labyrinth.