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Anne Andriesen

Furniture sketch
Furniture sketch

'The corridor connects!
At what given moment can a space be defined as corridor? When does a corridor metamorphose into residential space? Is a corridor that functions as residential space no longer a corridor by definition? (...) To be perfectly clear, it's not or not only a question of characterization or definition, diversity of guises that the corridor in particular is able to assume is the main question. The corridor is after all both connectional link and meeting place, symbol as system, anachronism as future perspective. The corridor is fleeter than its shadow.' (Herman Verkerk 1999)

In our eagerness of using every m2 of the interior, some beautiful parts of it are endangered species. The hallway seems to be one of those parts: it is left out of the interior or, when left in, people go through it, the faster the better. So within the enormous event-machines that interiors are becoming, is there still a 'somewhere' that doesn't contain fully prescribed functions? That can be anything? If everything is overlapping and being juxtaposed, if everything is open and defined, is there stil a spot in the interior where things coincidentally come together? Is there an area that is hybrid, that is empty but full of potential? An area where nothing and everything can happen?

This metaphorical piece of furniture reflects a way of designing that values the zones of the interior with a less prescribed function. In my point of view, a good interior requires flexibility and opportunity. A 100% functionality is the illusion of efficiency. Total openness is is the illusion of transparency. By using and experiencing this setting, I hope to provoke an awareness of the passthrough. Awareness of separation and of the 'thresholds' present in the interior, our daily living space.

Anne Andriesen, August 2006