This work was created for the German architecture magazine Generalist, issue #4 Sparen / Savings, February 2011.
"Over the past several years I have been fascinated by eccentric and minutely planned interiors, from many different time periods, that have the ability to transport visitors from the mundane, modest, and orderly into the fantastic, abundant, and unexpected. I have been inspired by historic places like the Katsura Palace, the Green Vault in Dresden, Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, Whistler’s Peacock Room, and the Villa Stuck, as well as fictive settings like the residence in Joris-Karl Huysmans’s novel Against the Grain and more contemporary interiors like Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge. My enthusiasm for these spaces stems from the unorthodox visions of their creators and the physical and conceptual transformations these settings have experienced over time. In looking at these spaces, I have become occupied with thoughts of how, within the context of today’s societal developments and with a similarly eccentric approach, such interiors could be created using the simplest of means and affordable materials, without losing any splendor, exuberance, or radicalness. I therefore hope for the opportunity to create such an exuberant interior on a large scale in the near future." - Claudia Weber