Mark Pimlott's approach to the issue of Bekleidung challenges the exclusivity or intense personalization, or psychologizing, that has developed around it in discussions of the Interior: the claustrophobia that perhaps abounds in the stage sets and photographs of Erwin Olaf. He proposes, instead, to explore the effects of these contrived interior settings in relation to the effects of the world without, which bring them into being.
A prevailing notion within literature considering interior design and architecture is that the interior is an extension of our private selves, and by interpolation, of our bodies and their clothing. Indeed, the interior has been likened to a kind of clothing of another body that is an extension of ourselves. There are intimacies of various kinds in the private interior, reinforced by the very close contact between our physical bodies and the materials of the interior, which permit us to be less reserved there: we are nearly alone, we look at our reflection, we dress and undress, sleep, make love, lose ourselves. However, the interior does not exist in solitude, but in relation to the World; and the scenes that we characterize as private are cluttered with references and connections with that realm we think of as public. The public reaches inside to the private, and even in the space of dreams, the private reaches toward the public through a vast catalogue of affinities manifest in the imagery, association, and atmosphere of the interior.
Mark Pimlott is an artist, designer, writer and teacher, whose practice encompasses installation, photography, film, art for public spaces and interior design. He is assistant professor in TU Delft’s Chair of Architectural Design/ Interiors, and leader of the course 'The Architecture of the Interior'. Pimlott is the author of Without and within: essays on territory and the interior (2007) and In passing: Mark Pimlott photographs (2010).
Among Pimlott’s realized designs are Neckinger Mills interiors, London (1988; 1994) in collaboration with Peter St John and Tony Fretton; Red House interiors, London (2001; 2004; 2011) in collaboration with Tony Fretton architects; ‘Guinguette', Birmingham (2000); 'La scala', Aberystwyth (2003); restaurant Puck, The Hague (2007), in collaboration with ZeinstraVanGelderen architecten; and ‘World', a public square at BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London (2013). His installation ‘Piazzasalone’ (in collaboration with Tony Fretton) was shown in the Corderie dell’Arsenale at the 12th Biennale internazionale di Architettura di Venezia, curated by Kazuyo Sejima (2010).