Featured in the 2017 AD100 list, Olson Kunding is a Seattle-based design practice founded on the idea that buildings can serve as a bridge between nature, culture and people. With projects all around the globe, the firm portfolio ranges from homes to academic, cultural and civic projects, museums and exhibition design, places of worship, creative production, urban design and modern interior design.
Architectural Digest found them to be “cutting-edge architects who put a poetic spin on pure forms” and placed the firm in The Modernists category. These famous interior designers believe that landscapes and surroundings have a positive effect on people’s lives.
Led by five owners, the firm is proud to confess that Tom Kundig, principal and owner, became part of the National Academician members (NAs), earlier this year. He was chosen by his peers as a recognition of his exceptional contributions to American art and architecture, as well as representing a commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States and pushing creative boundaries.
The secret to his work is context, Kundig says. “Architecture is about context—cultural or natural”. His colleague, Jim Olson shares his vision and adds: “I see landscape, architecture, interiors, and art as one harmonious environment. Indoors and outdoors should flow together”.
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