Laura Havlin is a journalist and regular contributor to the Dazed and AnOther websites. Laura's most loved post on AnOther Loves was a mirrored treehouse by Swedish architects Tham & Videgård. In today’s competitive culture people feel the need to shout out in order to gain attention, and it is this notion that has aided Havlin’s choice for her most loved post: something that is beautifully discreet and architecturally shy, occupying the space in between.
Why did you choose this treehouse?
When I look at really grand buildings, I always think how the grandeur and size of it must be linked somehow to an architect’s ego. It’s their mark on the world, so I think it’s really humble of an architect to make something that is small and barely visible.
Negative space is something that I’ve been pondering a lot recently with the work I’ve done for Afterzine. I spoke to Peter Saville about the concept of negative space, and he explained that the role it plays in design is most evident in architecture because negative space is the thing against that which is there is experienced.
This mirrored tree house makes me look again at the idea of negative space in architecture. It is positive space; there is something there, but it isn’t, it disappears into its surroundings, the forest.
What’s the last thing you bought?
An Earl Grey Blue tea and a chocolate-dipped Florentine from North Tea Power, Manchester.
What’s your most treasured possession?
A copy of A MAGAZINE curated by Martin Margiela. Obviously this was a limited run, only available for a finite time, making it impossible to get hold of now. I have seen it occasionally on eBay going for extortionate amounts, but I’m not going to sell mine. I think Jefferson Hack was right when he said that magazines will become like souvenirs – it’s already happening, and editions like this are rarer than books and offer content and an experience that you just can’t get on a website or an iPad, making them these super-collectable objects.
What’s your favourite online shop?
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