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Mirrored Floors Turn Modernist Home Into Surreal Experiment

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Rotterdam's Sonneveld House, a 1930s home that is considered one of the best examples of Dutch modernism, has been open to the public since 2001 as a house museum. For the second in a series of contemporary "interventions" meant to "reinvigorate" the house, Dutch interior and landscape designer Petra Blaisse decided to keep the space in its original state except for one major change—she replaced the carpet and linoleum floors with mirrors. The result is a surreal space that if looked at for too long, starts to look less like a room full of modernist furniture and more like a domestic version of very symmetrical abstract art. Even the outdoor spaces have mirrors.

Blaisse, who heads a studio called Inside Outside, wanted to "expose new dimensions" with the project, according to Dwell. If she had decided to add mirrors to the ceilings as well, she notes, the scene would have been "bananas." Visitors have to cover their shoes with plastic covers, for obvious reasons. Even with the covers on though, "slight trails" are left on the new floors, which has created a "sociological study of how people tour the home." Blaisse points out the mirrors expose the underside of a room's objects, including, the less dazzling alarms attached to the bottom of the house's pieces.

"Sonneveld House 2″ will run until September 13.

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