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Q&A: Artist Olafur Eliasson on How You Should Light Your Living Room

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On the eve of a career-spanning show, the famed artist offers his thoughts on art, design, and the relation between quality of life and atmospheric conditions.
'On the eve of a career-spanning show, the famed artist offers his thoughts on art, design, and the relation between quality of life and atmospheric conditions. Olafur Eliasson is happy to talk about the weather. Over coffee at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan, the conversation moves quickly from pleasantries about the rain to the profound sociobiological effects of sunlight on the human body. The leap is not surprising. The Danish-Icelandic artist—long based in Berlin—has made the perception of natural phenomena the center of his practice for decades, illuminating social forces through the manipulation of natural ones, often on a grand scale. Your Blind Passenger, a 2010 work by Olafur Eliasson, invites visitors to disappear into a tunnel of fog where they must navigate hazy social interactions. It is a major piece in an exhibition on view at the Tate Modern in London. Photo by Thilo Frank His 2003 The Weather Project installation filled the Tate Modern’s massive Turbine Hall with an artificial sunset, enthralling the more than two million Vitamin D–starved Londoners and tourists who collectively experienced the work during its now-famous run. The spectacle turned Eliasson into a celebrity artist and the Tate’s large-scale installations into a must-visit thing .  \'You don’t go into a museum to get away from the world. You go into a museum to see the world in higher definition. This is how I think of design as well.\' —Olafur Eliasson, artist With that history between them, it’s only fitting that the Tate Modern will open a career-spanning survey of the 52-year-old artist’s work this summer. The exhibition, titled Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life , runs July 11, 2019, to January 5, 2020. It will feature greatest hits from the artist’s oeuvre, though all but one of them will be seen in the United Kingdom for the first time. A few months before the show opens, Eliasson is in Milan for another project, the launch of a pendant lamp he designed for Louis Poulsen. With the sci-fi-sounding name OE Quasi light, the glowing apparatus resembles a caged star or a long-sought item in a video game. Under its celestial glow, we spoke about lighting design, preparing for the upcoming retrospective, and the dangers of cultivating comfort. Eliasson’s 1993 work Beauty sprays mist into the air to produce a rainbow that intensifies and disappears as viewers move around it. Photo by Anders Sune Berg Did preparing for the Tate Modern exhibition give you the opportunity to reflect on your body of work?  For me, art is always relative. Depending on the context and time in which you look at it, nothing is really constant. But there is a thread going through all of my work in which people—or people’s perception and experiences—have a key role. Even though I very often say my work is about nature, about light, about the environment, at the end of the day, my work is about people. Without people, I would not be an artist. The 1997 work Room for One Color reduces a viewers color perception to yellow and black. Photo by Dmitry Baranov See the full story on Dwell.com: Q&A: Artist Olafur Eliasson on How You Should Light Your Living Room'

A Designer Updates a 1971 Home by Celebrated Washington Architect Moritz Kundig

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Josh Hissong takes on the mantle of one of Washington’s most noted architects with a reverent renovation.
'Josh Hissong takes on the mantle of one of Washington’s most noted architects with a reverent renovation. Designer Josh Hissong had been looking for a lot in Spokane, Washington, where he could build a home for himself, his wife, Shiva, and their new baby when one of his employees sent him a text with instructions: \'Click on this link and buy this house.\' The 1971 post-and-beam structure had fallen into disrepair, and the yard was, as Josh recalls, \'a mess.\' But the couple loved its modernist lines and quickly made an offer. \'I’ve loved Moritz Kundig’s work for years,\' says designer Josh Hissong, whose home in Spokane, Washington, turned out to be a 1971 work by the architect. Josh and his wife, Shiva, executed a thoughtful revamp of the house, which began with thinning an overgrown stand of pine trees to bring the entryway out of hiding. The exterior is painted Deep Space by Benjamin Moore.  Photo by Benjamin Rasmussen Though they tried to discover the home’s provenance, they didn’t find out until several months after they’d begun renovations that the designer was Moritz Kundig, one of the city’s leading mid-century architects. By coincidence, Josh’s firm, HDG Architecture, had been hired to oversee the expansion of a Unitarian church whose original building was also designed by Kundig, with the elder architect as a client. Josh kept the original Pella windows and Andersen doors and painted the great room’s cedar interior Extra White from Sherwin-Williams. Kalispel upholstery covers a sectional from Dania.  Photo by Benjamin Rasmussen A native of Switzerland who arrived in Spokane in 1955 by way of California, Kundig was running his own small firm by the early 1960s, designing mostly houses. But by 1971, he had shifted to a succession of public and commercial projects, leading Josh to believe his house was built too late to be the work of the well-known architect. However, it turned out Kundig had kept his toe in residential design. The lava rock fireplace—which \'smelled like fifty years of shame and cigarettes,\' says Josh—was refurbished and also painted white. A commercial-grade vinyl plank flooring from Shaw replaced shag carpeting. Photo by Benjamin Rasmussen See the full story on Dwell.com: A Designer Updates a 1971 Home by Celebrated Washington Architect Moritz Kundig'

Kūono at Volcano

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Kūono is a modern cabin located on the Big Island of Hawaii near Volcanoes National Park. Its exterior was inspired by the modern sea cabins of Norway, and was designed to appear as a modern shape glowing in contrast to the dense Ohia forest. The
'Kūono is a modern cabin located on the Big Island of Hawaii near Volcanoes National Park. Its exterior was inspired by the modern sea cabins of Norway, and was designed to appear as a modern shape glowing in contrast to the dense Ohia forest. The exterior features of the property fade seamlessly into the boundaries of the site, with a crushed basalt driveway, native landscaping and outdoor sitting areas that were leveled with rocks dislodged during foundation preparation. Water to the property is supplied by a catchment tank and pump house, screened from view by horizontal cedar lattice.Kūono’s design allows for the experience of minimal restriction between indoor and outdoor. Its living spaces include both an open concept interior floor plan as well as an expansive lanai that features a central fire pit, lounge chairs and cedar ofuro soaking tub. From inside the cabin, a full height window wall and sliding glass doors give guests a complete vertical panorama of soil to blue sky through the Ohia canopies above. The floor plan efficiently accommodates four, with a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and a vaulted sleeping/living space.In addition this home was under construction during the 2018 eruption that lasted 4 months. Although it was 20 miles away from the flowing lava that decimated over 700 homes, it was 4 miles away for the Halemaumau Crater which at one point experienced a 30 day stretch with daily 5.0 or greater earthquakes including one with a magnitude of 6.9. Minimal, modern, yet comfortable, Kūono is meant to be a place of respite, where guests are immersed in the beauty of Volcano’s natural landscape with the comforts of a luxury guest home still at hand. See more on Dwell.com: Kūono at Volcano - Volcano, Hawaii Homes near Volcano, Hawaii Kapohanalu Breezeway Home Lava Flow House Volcano Cabin'

Echo House

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Located in the Elysian Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the residence and detached artist studio are positioned to perceptually inhabit the adjacent community garden, and present views of the downtown skyline and surrounding hills, in addition
'Located in the Elysian Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the residence and detached artist studio are positioned to perceptually inhabit the adjacent community garden, and present views of the downtown skyline and surrounding hills, in addition to carving out an introspective landscape for the enjoyment of the family.Organized as a staggered sectional volume distributing program over three levels, the residence is situated over the utilitarian spaces located at street level. Living spaces occupy the multi-level second floor with direct access to the outdoors via the front deck and the rear terrace, physically expanding the interior. The third floor, accessed by the expressed scissor stair, consists of the bedrooms and bathrooms.Strategically placed apertures around the residence and studio encourage the spatial reverberation and dialogue between the activities of the home and the multiple and diverse terraces, decks, balconies, and landscapes of the property. See more on Dwell.com: Echo House by ANX / Aaron Neubert Architects - Los Angeles, California Homes near Los Angeles, California Tareco Contemporary Abraham Shapiro, AIA, Architect Los Feliz Residence'

San Antonio House

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The trapezoidal tracing of the property is what defined the construction of this house into three clearly settled volumes.Vegetation also plays a protagonist role in the design of this house, both outdoors and indoors. The exterior trees enclose
'The trapezoidal tracing of the property is what defined the construction of this house into three clearly settled volumes.Vegetation also plays a protagonist role in the design of this house, both outdoors and indoors. The exterior trees enclose the house generating distinct tons of shades and colours during the different seasons of the year. Within the interior, the unruly green vegetation, contrasts with the stone floors and solid walls, reaching a perfect sense of balance.The entrance, a double height lobby that creates contrasting sensations and distinct visual ending points originated by water mirrors, light shafts, a tree and a staircase. The walls that shape this area, divide the spaces into private and public areas.The ground floor, is organized into two blocks each with a different purpose: The left side, is a white solid cube that integrates the study and the master bedroom and is separated from the other block by a water mirror and a yard that generates the desired privacy, peace and tranquility. The right side, the social area, is a rectangle closed to the west by a rigid wall and opened towards the interior of the house through large floor to ceiling glass walls, giving sober transparency to the yard with views to the garden and the central courtyard.The different angles within the construction achieve visual ending points with great character, as well as, enhancing the sensations provoked by the pure whites that evolve into mixed tones as the day and the seasons go by. See more on Dwell.com: San Antonio House - Morelia, Michoacán, México Homes near Morelia, Michoacán, México CASA D_M EDIFICIO DE USOS DEPORTIVOS COUNTRY CLUB LAS HUERTAS House on the hill'

18-Year-Old NASA Cadet Alyssa Carson Co-Designs Luggage For Outer Space

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To honor the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, Horizn Studios teams up with astronaut-in-training Alyssa Carson on a commemorative suitcase.
'To honor the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, Horizn Studios teams up with astronaut-in-training Alyssa Carson on a space-worthy suitcase. In the very near future, folks will be able to \'ooh\' and \'ahh\' their way through space—and they’ll need somewhere to keep their toothbrushes. Berlin–based Horizn Studios has partnered with NASA and astronaut-in-training Alyssa Carson—who's dedicated her life to space exploration and is training for a mission to Mars in 2033—for the forward-thinking re-design of their M5 cabin luggage. It's decked in NASA's smart-looking white, blue, and orange, and it  features an aerospace-grade polycarbonate hardshell, a commemorative ID tag, 360-degree spinner wheels, and a removable smart charger with enough power to recharge an iPhone a couple of times. Though baggage size limitations on passenger space shuttles are unclear at this point, the 33-liter design is a nice fit for overhead bins on standard airliners. The redesigned, special-edition M5 cabin luggage is Apollo white with NASA's blue and orange trim.  Courtesy of Horizn Studios The luggage has 360-degree  rollers and an onboard power bank that can charge a phone a couple of times. Courtesy of Horizn Studios With passenger space travel to the Moon and beyond right around the corner—flights via Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are imminent, however expensive—Horizn Studios and Carson have developed an even more advanced roller called the Horizn ONE, which addresses challenges facing space-bound holidaymakers. The Horizn ONE suitcase is designed with the space traveler in mind. It's convenient for rolling or carrying, and it boasts space-ready technology. Courtesy of Horizn Studios See the full story on Dwell.com: 18-Year-Old NASA Cadet Alyssa Carson Co-Designs Luggage For Outer Space Related stories: Top Design Cities 2019: Cape Town, South Africa Snøhetta Builds a Heavenly Cabin For Hikers in Oslo 8 Places to Stay in Rome For Under $100 Per Night'