Dutch designers Kiki & Joost created a unique mirador inspired by recreational bird watching, but updated their design to suit spying human behavior. Shaped like a proper bird-watching turret, and made from locally sourced wood, the Urban Hunting Lodge features long horizontal windows, a telescope, and colorful paintings to inspire visitors to climb up and take in the views below.
Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk graduated from the Design Academy of Eindhoven and now share a studio in Strijp. They craft all sorts of wonderful lamps, cabinets, textiles, and ceramics for brands such like MOOOI, Swarovski, Studio Li Edelkoort, and in this case, for Dutch Design Week. Joost enjoys getting his inspiration from the past, creating iconic designs and reinterpreting archetypes.
To access the top of the Urban Hunting Lodge, visitors were required to climb up a set of stairs. The small space was decorated simply with a desk, a trompe-l’œil bookshelf, and a telescope. There was also a guestbook for writing up discoveries and thoughts for other visitors to read. The 23-foot high mirador offered anybody interested a new way to understand a city and its inhabitants.
Kiki painted the hut red and watercolored the wood beams. Some trompe-l’œil furniture added another dimension to the voyeuristic design. Part of a series of public installations around Eindhoven called ‘Unexpected Interactions’, the Urban Hunting Lodge gave the city’s inhabitants a birds-eye view of what they thought they already knew.
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