By Petra Blaisse
(The Monacelli Press, Hardcover, 9781580932585, 504pp.)
Publication Date: October 20, 2009
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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 Blaisse’s 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.
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.
"So much care and effort was obviously put into the book by Blaisse and others that it goes so far beyond other design monographs in terms of what can be learned about the designer, her process and the relationship between her pieces (textiles, landscapes, exhibitions) and their larger context. . . . a crafted thing of beauty in its own right."