Klaas Kuiken, Netherlands
"A floor is defined by its user". Innovative materials, unusual techniques – how the five designers approach their work, in their own words.28 Sep 2016
"We want to discover things and follow them up: it’s all about showing that a floor is basically defined by space and interaction. Most of the time we don’t even notice that our living spaces have amazing stories to tell, and that they are the silent witnesses of our everyday activity; these are the stories that we want to discover. We are also interested in changing the way we view a space: public areas are frequently marked out with all kinds of signs, but we believe that it is the visitors, rather than the symbols, that define a space.
By uncovering the ways in which a space is used, we allow these signs to emerge organically. So all the different meanings of a space are gradually revealed, and it tells us a story – not through signs, but through its usage. You can only influence this up to a certain point; the rest is up to the other players. We believe in unique structures that define a space and its occupants."
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