Petra Blaisse and Inside Outside

A design firm I toured recently through a friend. Blaisse’s Inside Outside, located in an old school house in Amsterdam, consists of two studio spaces (one for Outside or landscape work and one for Inside, or interior design projects), as well as a meeting and supply room.
Blaisse and her firm have completed work for the Seattle Central Library, Casa da Musica in Portugal, and a prison in the Netherlands. I’d link directly to these works on her website if it was easier to use; instead, navigate there and look under projects. Blaisse also published a large book of her works recently. On the back was praise from Brian Eno.
When I visited they fed me coffee and cake as it was someone’s birthday. There were about 10 people there: two were men and one was a Japanese architecture intern.
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The ‘Outside’ landscape design studio space.
[Image removed by request of Inside Outside, Jan. 31 2008.]
A model for an ongoing museum interior project.
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Mockup for a museum interior.
[Image removed by request of Inside Outside, Jan. 31 2008.]
Prototypes for an outdoor design, including pillows of grass.
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The ‘Inside’ or interior design studio space.
[Image removed by request of Inside Outside, Jan. 31 2008.]
This man was hand-sewing the intersections of rope to create a grid backdrop prototype for a wall hanging that will eventually be 60 metres wide.
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Curtain design for interiors.
[Image removed by request of Inside Outside, Jan. 31 2008.]
Interior design area. Notice wall hanging prototype, for which that man was sewing a new, thicker-roped grid for.
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Carpet in the Interior space. You may recognize it from the Seattle Central Library interior they did.
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Fellow Emily Carr Institute students will recognize this genre of machine.
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Fabric and pattern samples.
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Meeting space with a room of fabric samples. At the table, Petra Blaisse conducting an interview.

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