Distorted Interiors from Down Under - Design Bureau

Matt Bird's Domed Project

The Domed Project, East Malvern, Australia

Matt Bird's Domed Project

Matt Bird's Domed Project

Matt Bird's Domed Project

Matt Bird's Domed Project

 Alphaomega Apartment, Melbourne CBD, Australia

Matt Bird's Alphaomega Apartment

Matt Bird's Alphaomega Apartment

Matt Bird's Alphaomega Apartment

Matt Bird's Alphaomega Apartment

Matt Bird's Alphaomega Apartment

 

Distorted Interiors from Down Under

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Studiobird, founded by Australian designer Matthew Bird, is an award-winning design practice that attempts to redefine architectural norms in unexpected spaces...like dowdy suburban bungalows. Bird’s innovative designs have a uniquely appealing aesthetic, suggesting that traditional beauty may merely be an affirmation of what we have already seen.

Studiobird’s transformational process is apparent in “The Domed Project.” Along with artist Michelle Hamer, Bird converted a cookie-cutter house into a work of art without altering its physical layout. Using recycled materials, Bird filled the house with disorienting shapes and patterns, causing one to lose orientation and comprehension of the space, despite its traditional architecture.  

In the Alphaomega Apartment, Bird converted a rental just above the Melbourne business district into what he calls a “surreal escape.” An abundance of religious imagery haunts the spectator, and poignant installations in the living room and bedroom evoke a sense of distorted reality. Using often-discarded items such as wool twine, stainless steel hubcaps, and rear-view mirrors, Bird creates a subversive masterpiece.

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