Seeking out the unfamiliar

24th of June 2021
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There is an invisible energy in spaces where traditional techniques still exist. Where you can find the mark of the maker. There is a deep desire to know more about the process, the materials and the topos. Visible imperfections are also part of the narrative.

Do you see imperfections as mistakes or as gifts? Do you expose or hide them under perfectly polished surfaces? For many years I was hiding “mistakes” in my work as I thought that it was a lack of professionalism. But not anymore. I now embrace the importance of finding beauty out of the ordinary way. I like to find it in the unexpected mistakes, in the unfamiliar forms. Sometimes there are not there from the start. They can be under dumped wallpapers or old wooden floor parquet. We need to get close, to be open and observe just to make sure we will not surpass them.

For many years design was more about hiding or destroying the original elements, in order to make something new. There is an awakening from artists, designers, architects to a more meaningful and authentic design approach.

As trends and styles come and go, we have the power to decide the value of something, as all beauty lies in the sphere of perception. There is truth and confidence when we create our own beauty.

At the Barn project that I am working on, we unexpectedly found all those treasures of time. We removed the cladding for an environmental inspection and we were supposed to put it back. In the meantime, we were amazed to see all the beautiful beams we found so we decided to expose most of them. We started our plans by considering the openings between the beams and the beautiful light that entered the barn. The old dark barn will soon be transformed into a transparent frame, to honour and treasure its own imperfect story.



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