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Dinner with Petra Blaise

  • Forna Cultura Toronto, ON (map)

Petra Blaisse (1955) started her professional career in 1978 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, in the Department of Applied Arts, where she worked as assistant curator until 1986.

From 1986 onwards, she worked as freelance exhibition designer and won distinction for her installations of sculptural and architectural works (Rotterdam ’88 ‘Sculpture Route’ and OMA exhibitions 1988-1992). Gradually her focus shifted to interior spaces where textiles, color, light and acoustic effects became her tools. At the same time the first commissions for garden designs were given.

In 1991, she founded Inside Outside, a one-man studio. From 1999 onward, the team grew to around twelve professionals of varied disciplines and nationalities, together working in a multitude of creative areas, including textile-, landscape- interior- and exhibition design. In collaboration with architects, planners, engineers and curators, Inside Outside gains international recognition with projects of increasing technical sophistication, ambition and scale. Public parks, interior interventions, large-scale curtains and gardens for cultural and commercial buildings, landscape master plans, small built structures and planting plans for roof- and private gardens fill their portfolio.

Blaisse has lectured and taught extensively at universities and schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. She is regularly invited as (key-note) speaker at conferences and as jury-member internationally. Her work has been included in numerous international design- and architecture exhibits and publications. The first solo-exhibition on her work was organized in 2000, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Soho, New York. For this exhibit Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom created Blaisse’s booklet “Movements, 25%”, one of Boom’s most renowned conceptual works.

The first extensive monograph on the work of Petra Blaisse|Inside Outside (called Inside Outside Petra Blaisse) has been published in February 2007 by NAi Publishers (with Birckhauser, Berlin) and was reprinted by The Monacelli Press (a division of Random House Inc.) in New York, October 2009. Book design by Irma Boom Studio, Amsterdam; edit by Kayoko Ota, Tokyo.

Dinner Menu


speck, gorgonzola, spiced walnut, brussel sprouts


formaggi, charcuterie


potato, sweet potato, rosemary


pork roast or gnocchi


Sweet table & coffee

Earlier Event: November 14
BEAT Talk with Williamson Williamson
Later Event: February 27
BEAT Talk with KPMB Architects