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Tue 16.6.

Outpost Basel at Design Miami/ Basel by Olson Kundig (US)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 16.06.2015 - Tagged as: ,

The wooden bricks that form the cube structure of Outpost Basel were finished using the ancient Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique, a wood burning method which gives the wood a rich black hue.

The wooden bricks that form the cube structure of Outpost Basel were finished using the ancient Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique, a wood burning method which gives the wood a rich black hue.

Following the positive reception of their Collectors Lounge 38 Beams at Design Miami/2014 last December, Seattle-based Olson Kundig returns with Outpost Basel, another inspirational lounge for the continuation of Design Miami’s 10th Anniversary in Basel, Switzerland.

 

 

The innovative use of space in the Collectors Lounge allows Outpost Basel to play host to a variety of activities, including the Design Talks series, a bar, and a restaurant where guests can regroup and refuel before continuing their exploration of the fair.

The innovative use of space in the Collectors Lounge allows Outpost Basel to play host to a variety of activities, including the Design Talks series, a bar, and a restaurant where guests can regroup and refuel before continuing their exploration of the fair.

Says Design Miami, “Led by Tom Kundig, the design for Outpost Basel unifies diverse geographic, material and cultural elements from the United States, Japan, Austria and Romania to create an architectural pavilion for the Collectors Lounge. For Outpost Basel, Kundig plays with the idea of being an outsider, and brings together highly contrasted influences and materials to make a harmonious and inspirational space.”

 

The wooden formwork and bricks that form the Outpost Basel structures were sourced from innovative Austrian company Schweighofer, which has been in the wood processing industry for more than four centuries.

The wooden formwork and bricks that form the Outpost Basel structures were sourced from innovative Austrian company Schweighofer, which has been in the wood processing industry for more than four centuries.

According to Kundig, “We each carry many influences with us, and with Outpost I wanted to explore this idea and bring different elements together in Basel. Both my parents are Swiss, although I am American, so this was a starting point for me. In Seattle there is a connection with the aesthetics of Japan, so I have incorporated ancient techniques and contemporary design into the Pacific Northwest design approach.”

 

to the Olson Kundig website

 

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