What is a word that means "asymmetry" or "asymmetrical" that has a positive connotation?

"Harmony" comes to mind, but seems like a glancing shot. If anything, it indirectly implies an asymmetry.

EDIT: There are many situations where asymmetry is good. When two parties share their competitive advantages in trade, for instance.

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    I'm not sure that I would infer asymmetry from the use of the word harmony. I'm also not sure that I would necessarily take asymmetry as being negative. – KillingTime Oct 30 '19 at 7:32
  • Well, harmony in music at least occurs when two sounds that are different are pleasing when played together. – mturnshek Oct 30 '19 at 7:51
  • I agree that "asymmetry" is a neural term, but there are several neutral/negative ways to refer to the concept: "unfair", "lopsided", "imbalanced", "tilted", "skewed", "uneven" and I'm looking for a positive one. – mturnshek Oct 30 '19 at 7:53
  • Are you thinking of diversity? Could even be variety, depending on context. Give us the broader context alolng with a sample sentence. – Kris Oct 30 '19 at 11:24
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    I don't think harmony implies asymmetry at all, if anything it implies balance. – nnnnnn Oct 30 '19 at 11:43

Complementary and counterbalanced could possibly be what you're looking for. Some other words for asymmetrical with positive connotations include rococo, fantastic, and extravagant. Unsystematic could also have a positive connotation in certain situations.

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