We experience our surroundings through impressions from our senses and movements, and it is through these that we relate to the world.
In each project and commissioned work we develop, we find inspiration from Genius Loci—a ‘Sense of Place’—and are fascinated with how a subtle change in a surface can transform the atmosphere in a space.
As spatial practitioners, our aim is to orchestrate the balance between the proportions of the space, the light conditions and the remaining interior.
Below you will find a selection of our recent projects and commissioned work.
For this home—perched in the mountains of Whistler—we were asked to develop three bespoke art pieces to be mounted on a white oak veneer wood paneling in the Stair Hall of the house.
Our vision was to make a visual connection to the expansive views to the surrounding landscape by creating an organic movement and working with a soft expression inspired by the surrounding thick blanket of snow during winter.
In this limited-edition series of 15 subtle wall reliefs presented by The Audo, our aim was to explore modernist form and colour.
‘Beyond The Surface’ was developed exclusively for The Audo and inspired by their interior design concept, Tomorrow’s House, which draws upon Modernism, minimal abstraction and timeless Scandinavian aesthetics.
As a boutique, hotel residence, restaurant, café, concept store, material library, work and event space, The Audo unites design, work-life, hospitality and community in one.
Approaching the project with great respect for the former merchant’s building, we carefully studied the existing materials, colours and details of the house to let the surroundings and decor inform each other. Our reliefs are in dialogue with the rooms they occupy as they change expression during the day, depending how the light hits each unique, three-dimensional composition.
Each relief bears a unique composition, depth, dimension, and textural expression. The colours for this project were mixed by St. Leo from organic, powder pigments, including several tailor-made especially for the collection to ensure complete synergy with The Audo’s new interiors palette.
Workstead reimagined this historic building into 64 residences which overlook Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza and Manhattan’s skyline in the distance. Preserving the history and original pre-war details of the building was paramount.
Traditional forms and details are reinterpreted through a modern lens to create grande spaces that remain classic, while still meeting the aesthetic and functional needs of today’s family.
For this project, our ‘Plateau 01:19 PM’ is part of the main lobby, which is both grand and intimate—reflecting the character of neighboring Prospect Park, with elemental materials, such as bronze details, limestone flooring, stone thresholds, and plaster walls. This formality playfully contrasts with the heart of the building that has been designed for the casual lifestyle of today and intended to foster a sense of community.
In ‘Fragments of Figures’, the human form is explored through subtle 3-dimensional, abstracted shapes and the viewer is invited to watch lines shift and volumes of shadows grow as light moves across the undulating surfaces. In this way, we aim to highlight the connection between the works and their spatial context, encouraging the observation of subtle environmental evolutions and of time passing.
Each of the three unique pieces in ‘Fragments of Figures’ are in themselves fragments of a triptych; they can be displayed on the wall in different positions to create a variety of motifs interconnected through each piece’s intricate linework and curvilinear compositions. This feature offers flexibility, allowing the works to adapt to varying interior environments or to be rearranged into different narratives and introduce new visual interest.
‘Fragments of Figures’ was made from finely crushed stone and liquid colour pigments from St. Leo. The colours were chosen for their natural profiles and to harmonize with The Audo’s interior design, to complement rather than overshadow the space.
Wall reliefs for
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Interior Design: Pernille Vest
Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
A selection of our ‘Beyond The Surface’ pieces is part a small and intimate loft apartment by DUX.
Decorated with curated furniture, personal objects and collecting pieces the apartment provides a welcoming setting with the centrepieces of our everyday lives.
Wall relief for
Ark Journal’s Case Study: Natural Order
Interior Design: Pernille Vest, Assistant: Henriette Schou
Photography: Heidi Lerkenfeldt
The relationship between art, architecture and design and the natural world is a central theme of Ark Journal’s Volume 5. Our piece ‘Beyond The Surface 02:25 PM’ is on the cover and part of the magazine’s Case Study “Natural Order”—a case study immersed in “Handcrafted and tactile, raw materials. Calm forms. Contemplative, still, reflective”.