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The Zaha Hadid-designed museum Maxxi in Rome is home to a new exhibition by Petra Blaisse, whose work through her design studio Inside Outside, blurs the boundaries between interiors, landscape and architecture.
The exhibition is characterised by a large translucent curtain, 25-metres-long and 12-metres-high, which protrudes in waves out from the lobby into the piazza, printed with Petra Blaisse’s retrospective that includes around 70 images of her projects. Inside, viewers can find models of Petra’s work.
As a metaphor for the whole of Petra’s designs, the use of the fluid curtain that billows from the inside of Maxxi represents the fused nature of her work - in this case – the important relationship between architecture and textiles, but more generally, the way in which her work bonds nature with interior design and vice versa. It also shows Inside Outside’s method of working – to look at a project from a different perspective – considering not just architecture and design, but technology, science and craftsmanship – and of course how the viewer interacts with art.
For example, one of her intriguing projects is the Biblioteca degli Alberi or the Library of Trees garden in Milan. You can see the detail printed on the curtain, the way in which the trees are planted in overlapping circles over grid-like pathways – a meeting place of geometric precision and natural wonder which also focuses deeply on the user’s journey throughout this formulated showcase of nature and landscaping.
Viewers will also see collaborations with architects and designers, and more recently, with an upsurge in bringing nature back into urban areas, her ideas have been used to rewild city hubs such as the ‘re-greening’ of the Municipality of Antwerp, verdant rooftops of Axel Springer Company in Berlin and projects further fields in China, Doha and the US showing the scale of her reach.