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Olafur Eliasson @ ARoS

I was woken up at 5am this morning by our eldest, he does not sleep much and when he is up, the day starts right there. We decided to remove him from a school that had failed him and now he is home educated while we figure out where to go and what to do, so we are literally living in each others pockets. In the small hours before everyone else wakes up, there is plenty of time to ponder and worry.

Then an email lands into my inbox which may change everything. After the rainiest year since records began here in Devon, suddenly there it is, a rainbow.

Olafur Eliasson is one of my favourite artists, he creates spectacular large scale installations which you experience by being inside them. He has built a circular 150 metre long walkway above the rooftop of ARoS, the museum of modern art in Aarhus. You can walk along the panoramic three metre wide walkway and see the entire city and bay through the colours of the rainbow.

Eliasson describes his project:

”Your rainbow panorama enters into a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what is already given, namely views of the city. I have created a space which virtually erases the boundaries between inside and outside – where people are a little unsure as to whether you have stepped into a work or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me because it encourages people to think and sense beyond the dimensions, they are used to commit themselves in.”

Life is weird sometimes. And Rainbow School would be a good name for a brand new school.


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House in Humblebaek, Denmark

I had to remind myself to breathe when I spotted this house in the Australian magazine Est. Designed by the Copenhagen firm Norm Architects to accommodate the needs of a working artist, the house had to work as a studio as well as a home, maximise natural light and provide a sanctuary for inspiration and creativity. The old farm workers house was found in the open fields behind the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek (serendipitous?), and the reconstruction utilised a lot of the existing raw materials: old wooden beams, brick walls and steel supports.

I think the result is breathtaking. I love the floor, it was made by roughly sanding a concrete base and treating it with shiny epoxy, such beautiful colours and shades. The perfect backdrop for those paintings.


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Townhouse in Klampenborg, Denmark

This is a house that has been drooled over on many design blogs, for a reason: it is a stunning combination of antique and modern all in a beautiful palette of pastel colours and caramel toned leather. The old townhouse belonging to the Jacob Holm, CEO of the Danish furniture company Fritz Hansen, and his family, is almost like a gallery with its original wood panelling on the walls, parquet floors, high ceilings and those amazing windows. I love the original kagelugn (tiled round wood stove) in the corner. And every room is literally dripping with iconic Scandinavian mid-century design classics, you can name drop your way through the house: there’s another Poul Kjaerholm there, a couple of Arne Jacobsens here… but it still looks so homely (It’s the books. Seriously, I want to get a dinner party invitation and snoop through those book shelves).  It is lived in, comfortable, human. Art, beauty and function remixed. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Via French By Design

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