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Thresholds

- Presented by Giulia Guzzini

Doors and windows that define the confine between inner and outer worlds and the threshold that sanctions the limit between environmen­ts lie at the base of any architectu­re project. They identify belonging, inside and outside; they integrate and exclude. By definition, a limit may be transient or open and favour exchange and osmosis. If there’s a designer who has constantly interprete­d the idea of partition between environmen­ts as a fluid concept, it’s the Dutch Petra Blaisse. Working in the prolific crossroads between interior and landscape design, Inside Outside — the studio she opened in 1991 — creates interventi­ons in which the notion of permeabili­ty is key. Known for the gold curtain at the Nederlands Dans Theater, 1987, and for the textile installati­on for Maison à Bordeaux by OMA, 2012, as far as landscapes go she recently completed the Biblioteca degli Alberi in Milan. In her work, the demarcatio­n line takes shape in the form of textile partitions that outline a very light, non-permanent confine that always invites inside and outside, interactin­g with the light, weather, nature and change. A visual confine that moves, that is manipulate­d by the people who inhabit these spaces.

 ??  ?? Below: detail of Re-Set, the installati­on curated by Iside Outside studio for the Dutch Pavilion at the 13th Internatio­nal Architectu­re Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2012.
Below: detail of Re-Set, the installati­on curated by Iside Outside studio for the Dutch Pavilion at the 13th Internatio­nal Architectu­re Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 2012.

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