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.
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.”
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.”