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Atmospheric interiors

By Anna Akins
Ilmari Tapiovaara's Villa Cuccuu interior design drawings
Ilmari Tapiovaara's Villa Cuccuu interior design drawings

Student Anna Akins, Interior Architecture,
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

Atmospheric interiors

For an interior architect it is crucial to be able to imagine a space and its wanted atmosphere in order to practise in this field at all. Then, the ability to transfer this multidimensional entity into a 2D image sequentially to explain it to other people is even more crucial.

One would think that with the modern technology of 3D modelling programs, AR and VR possibilities and the endless options of photographic manipulation that this task of how to represent an atmosphere would be easier. I am sceptical.

Sometimes all you need is paper, a pen and some watercolours to create a miniature universe rendering its atmosphere so carefully that the viewer can almost smell the room.

When a designer needs not only to imagine the space, but also to carefully construct the details and materials in their mind thinking of how to draw them by hand, I believe that something more transfers onto the paper.

I was thrilled to be able to see these beautifully handmade images done by past student, designer Ilmari Tapiovaara. The use of line, colour and detail creates a sophisticated image full of information about the space, the materiality and its atmosphere. I think there is more to an image like this than meets the eye.

What do you think? Who can you envision living here and what kind of atmosphere does this space have?

Re-imagining the Past exhibition Vol. 2 online
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