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Behind The Scenes Of Floorness

Ok, I admit it, I like carpet. I mean, I really like it. I would even go so far as define it as an interest. Rudolph Stingel is to blame. He’s that New York based artist who at the 1993 Venice Biennale glued a huge orange carpet to the wall and called it a painting.

It was a simple spatial shift that transformed my perception of carpet from “feels good under bare feet” to “someone call Rothko”. This year, Stingel’s exhaustingly carpeted every surface of Venice’s Palazzo Grassi. I mean every surface, ceiling, stairwell, sill. If these are paintings, then paintings are to be walked on and vacuumed.

As a designer I try to un-learn the world as much as I try to learn about it. This may seem like a one-step-forward, two-steps-back statement. But it is more like one-step-forward and a step-to-the-side. That cheeky side-step takes you to a new place.
A place where you see things from a new angle and do things in a different way.

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