Hundred Mile presents two hand-knotted rugs designed by Steven Holl for cc-tapis. The exhibition explores the design process behind the rugs and the buildings that inspired them. Alongside full scale rugs, the show will display process materials such as models, studies, watercolors, sculptural objects, and rug samples from a variety of projects. The exhibition will be on view at the Hundred Mile showroom gallery in Rhinebeck from September 22 through October 28.
Morton Feldman Carpet
The “Morton Feldman Carpet” (2015) was inspired by American composer Morton Feldman’s musical score. It was originally developed as one of nine custom carpets for Steven Holl Architects’ Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University, which opened its doors to students in the Fall of 2017. Each of the three building’s interiors was developed uniquely, and the nine rugs were designed for specific spaces within.
The original “Morton Feldman Carpet” sits on the top floor of the Music Building in an informal gathering space between individual practice rooms. In addition to the “Princeton University Carpet,” the exhibition will feature process materials from all original nine rugs created for the Lewis Arts Complex.
Ex of IN Carpet
In June 2014, Steven Holl Architects began a research and development project Exploration of “IN.” The project questions the current clichés of architectural language by studying the intersections of spherical spaces through hand drawing, computer rendering, and physical 3-D forms.
The “Ex of IN Carpet” (2016) and the original carpet’s home, the Ex of IN House, completed in 2016, were both products of this research. As a compressed form of 918 square feet on a site of 28 preserved rural acres, the Ex of IN House serves as an alternative to modernist suburban houses that “sprawl in the landscape.” Instead, the Ex of IN is a house of compression and inner voids.
The house’s geometry is formed from spherical spaces intersecting with tesseract trapezoids, intended as a catalyst of volumetric inner space. Situated around one main volume, open to the second level, with the kitchen placed in the center, alternative use patterns are created. The house has no bedrooms, yet can sleep five. The exhibition will include the “Ex of IN Carpet” as well as research materials from the Exploration of “IN” research project. Source and photos Courtesy of Steven Holl.