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This first extensive survey of the work of Petra Blaisse, the internationally known Dutch garden and interior designer, comes at the right time. Blaisse, who has been collaborating with Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture and other major architectural concerns for many years, just finished her largest and best-known project in the U.S., the much-lauded Seattle Public Library's gardens and interior. A library of local plant life surrounds the building, and a tiled carpet designed after a garden leads patrons in. Blaisse is passionate about uniting interior and exterior space. She sees them as continuous, and says of her unusual synergy of design roles, that They are totally different professions, yet they are completely connected: open the window and the garden comes in, the curtain comes out. Her work, situated in the margin between design and architecture, indicates new directions and possibilities for each field. A conversation between Blaisse and curator Kayoko Ota runs throughout Inside Outside, while the balance of the book documents 20 projects ranging from contained interior interventions to larger landscape designs, each described in photography, sketches and drawings.
Text by Cecil Balmond, Gaston Bekkers, Sylvia Lavin, Helene Lemoine, Tim Ronalds, Renz van Luxemburg, Kayoko Ota. Contributions by Chris Dercon, Petra Blaisse.
Petra Blaisse and her firm, Inside Outside, specialize in the rare combination of interior and landscape design, interweaving architecture and context. Interior projects use materials that introduce visual effects such as color, flexibility, seasonal change, and movement and solve acoustic, climatic, shading, and spatial issues. Landscape projects reflect a fascination with materials, light, and movement within an urban and infrastructural program. This approach brings forth a series of strong, multilayered garden and park designs that combine logistics with rich planting schemes and graphic effects.
Inside Outside introduces the full range of Blaisses work, focusing on collaborations with internationally renowned architects including Rem Koolhaas and SANAA. It weaves together descriptions and documentation of more than fifty projects, a conversation with the designer, and essays by renowned writers and critics.
About the Author
Dutch designer Petra Blaisse founded Inside Outside in Amsterdam in 1991 and first gained international acclaim for her innovative exhibition installations in the 1980s and 1990s. Recent works include the Seattle Central Library, the Hackney Empire Theater in London, and the winning design for the Giardini di Porta Nuova competition in Milan.
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