If you happen to be in Rhinebeck, NY later this month, stop by a new exhibition dedicated to two hand-knotted rugs designed by Steven Holl. The event will illuminate how the 'Ex of IN' and the 'Morton Feldman' carpets were inspired by architecture and display models, studies, watercolors, sculptural objects, and rug samples from Holl's design process.
Read on for more information from the gallery about the rugs.
Ex of IN Carpet
"In June 2014, Steven Holl Architects began a research and development project Exploration of 'IN.' The project questions the current clichés of architectural language by studying the intersections of spherical spaces through hand drawing, computer rendering, and physical 3-D forms.
"The 'Ex of IN Carpet' (2016) and the original carpet’s home, the Ex of IN House, completed in 2016, were both products of this research. As a compressed form of 918 square feet on a site of 28 preserved rural acres, the Ex of IN House serves as an alternative to modernist suburban houses that 'sprawl in the landscape.' Instead, the Ex of IN is a house of compression and inner voids. The house’s geometry is formed from spherical spaces intersecting with tesseract trapezoids, intended as a catalyst of volumetric inner space. Situated around one main volume, open to the second level, with the kitchen placed in the center, alternative use patterns are created. The house has no bedrooms, yet can sleep five."
Morton Feldman Carpet
"The 'Morton Feldman Carpet' (2015) was inspired by American composer Morton Feldman’s musical score. It was originally developed as one of nine custom carpets for Steven Holl Architects’ Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University, which opened its doors to students in the Fall of 2017. The complex, which combines theater, music and dance, consists of three separate buildings that are integrated in an 8,000-square-foot forum below ground. Each of the three building’s interiors was developed uniquely, and the nine rugs were designed for specific spaces within."
"The original 'Morton Feldman Carpet' sits on the top floor of the Music Building in an informal gathering space between individual practice rooms. The Music Building is developed according to an idea of 'suspension.' Above the large orchestral rehearsal room, the individual practice rooms are suspended on steel rods. Acoustically separate, these individual wooden chambers have a resonant quality."
The exhibition will run at the Hundred Mile showroom gallery in Rhinebeck from September 22 through October 22.
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