Collection by Patrick Sisson

Mirrored Floors Pull Iconic Modernist House Into Another Stratosphere


New mirrored flooring in an iconic Dutch home lets visitors experience design in a new dimension.

When curator Petra Blaisse was designing her new installation at the Sonneveld House, on view through September 13, 2015, her aim wasn’t to add to the historic residence, but rather to expose new dimensions of a scared space. The structure, built in the 1930s, is one of the best-preserved houses in the Nieuwe Bouwen style, the Dutch branch of the International School of Modernism. It is now open to the public.

The Sonneveld House was previously covered with wall-to-wall carpet and linoleum, so landscape architect and interior...
Designed by the architecture firm Brinkman and Van der Vlugt 1933, the Sonneveld House features an array of modernist...
Window coverings were removed to allow the outdoor light to stream in and reflect the cityscape against the interior.
“Objects start to float,” Blaisse says.
Blaisse's aim wasn’t to add to the historic residence, but to show it in the second degree, adding new dimensions to a...
The project exposes the hidden dimensions of different pieces of furniture, allowing visitors to “see under the skirts”...
Mirrors were placed in the living areas, kitchen, dining room, and corridors.
Blaisse compared the effect of the installation to looking at the back of a painting.

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