In The Cut – Gray Monuments⁣

When I came upon these pieces by Yuri Pardi I was taken back by how close it was to Günther Domenig’s home.  I hadn’t seen fashion clearly take on the forms of a building I knew, and I had already been working on Palate Architect for 8 months.

The gray colors of the 3D projections against the black fabric so closely resemble the concrete forms that are used in Domenig’s house design. “Making the whole collection in grey forces the eye to notice and find interest in the slight variations in light and shade that come with the shapes,” said Pardi. It is clear that Domenig applied the same concept to his house design. 

Both projects have such a weight to them. They impose on you their strength. They are intentional in their shape. “I developed garments that morph from the shapes of the entire body into ‘pure’ geometrical shapes,” Pardi informed Dezeen  Puri wanted to created clothing that reduced the human form to simple geometry.  The house and clothing confirm that minimalism has power and can be interesting.  One can use subtle colors, simplified forms and almost quiet visuals to have a loud presence.  

Architecture by Domenig Steinhaus Günther Domenig 2008 Uferweg 31, 9552, Steindorf, Kärnten, Austria

Fashion by Yuri Pardi showed his Monument collection during UEL’s catwalk show Graduate Fashion Wee

I appreciate how both designers used these projects as a personal expression of their technical skills as well an experiment in how people respond to simplicity. They followed their own rules and took us to a place we haven’t imagined. It forces you to think beyond the imaginable and tap in the freedom of creative thinking before the world told us what and who we should be. I love that they didn’t shy away from inventing something new and not limiting themselves to any confines of their disciplines. They applied numerous concepts and layered them until their designs were realized. Some might interpret these pieces as clashing forms that have no business being in one piece, but each designer was on a very personal journey in their designs. As much as they wanted to share these with us, the intention was their own personal satisfaction. They allowed us into their journey but never did they let us impose on them our ideals.

See below a brief history about Steinhaus.

“In the Steinhaus the innovative force in the projects of the architect Günther Domenig (1934-2012) reached its peak. His house is now probably the most famous work of the Carinthian contemporary architecture and it is a built architecture biography. The transformation of regional landscape elements, led to architecture sculpture with noticeable intensity space. It took Domenig about 30 years to build it. Domenig had the idea of a research-workshop for architecture and the connection with other disciplines such as art, culture, music and literature The inspiring density of the space hosts a varied program of guided tours, symposia, workshops and cultural events.

Two overlapping topics describe the design idea. The landscape: from the ground up hill, from which the rocks break. They are separated by the gorge. The rocks from metal, and the hills of walls are imbued with spaces and paths that reach below the water. The existing architecture: the typical elements are dissected, retain, develop, and be renewed. Architectural refractions. Especially the guided tours in the Steinhaus, offered by the Architektur Haus Kärnten, open up unique insights into the life and work of Günther Domenig and new perspectives of the house and tell at the same time exciting stories about its construction”

I am thankful that the designers allowed themselves to fully explore these projects because they gave us an opportunity to think outside the box, literally. 

I will leave you with Pardi’s own words on why he creates in the way that he does. “This reinforced my stance that today Minimalism is not just a great way of expression but, over all, a necessity,” Pardi said. “Undeniably, the world has grown to be visually cluttered and the application of a Minimalist aesthetic could start a modify of mindset in the direction of reduction and simplification.”

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