Petra Blaisse in conversation with Fredi Fischli, Niels Olsen, Helen Thomas, and Oliver Lütjens at Erikastrasse 11, Zurich

Art Applied is a vast and comprehensive survey of the work of Dutch designer and architect Petra Blaisse and her studio Inside Outside, presenting a kaleidoscopic overview of their work across landscape, interior and exhibition design. Join us for an intimate celebration to mark the launch of the book, where Petra Blaisse will be discussing her new retrospective in the company of collaborators and friends.

Wednesday 28 February
18:30 CEST

Erikastrasse 11
CH-8003 Zurich

About Art Applied

Rather than working solely on static buildings, Inside Outside design environments across a huge variety of scales, from expansive urban landscapes to intimate domestic spaces defined by soft textile walls. The resulting spaces defy conventional classification. This comprehensive survey encompasses renowned projects including the recently completed Taipei Performing Arts Center; the Kunsthal Rotterdam; Biblioteca degli Alberi in Milan, a park spanning almost ten hectares; and LocHal Library in Tilburg, a vast factory repurposed using an architecture of semi-translucent curtains. It also presents revelatory unrealised projects and explores the studio’s many collaborations, including the rich body of work produced with OMA since the late 1980s.

Opening with a collection of incisive thematic essays, this volume presents detailed accounts of projects from 1985 to the present day, accompanied by personal accounts by Petra Blaisse, partners Jana Crepon and Aura Luz Melis, and members of their team. The studio’s diverse methods and distinctive forms of expression are reflected in the book itself, whose language spans cartoonish production manuals, technical drawings, collage, photography, and scientific plant studies, over almost 900 pages. Art Applied suggests countless means of intervention and inhabitation, encouraging us to strive restlessly for new ways of seeing our built environment.

Find out more here