Marc Gerritsen Completes his Magnum Opus in Colorado
Dutch architect and designer, Marc Gerritsen, has completed his latest project in Colorado: the modern, monolithic, bare-steel cladded, two-storey MAAD PEAK residence.
Five years in the making, MAAD Peak is a 'magnum opus' — a body of work by an artist who lives and breathes his art and brings a lifetime of experience and expertise into creating this masterpiece.
"MAAD Peak is the culmination of everything I have learned in my career," says Gerritsen. "It has been a labor of love and I am so proud to finally share it with the world."
After spending many years photographing grand, flawless, extravagant, yet often cold and soulless residences and commercial properties in Taiwan and throughout Asia that culminated in a 600-page tome entitled “Taiwan Mod”, Marc sets out to design a home that reflects his own approach to design: simplicity and honesty. A home that embodies his definition of good design: personal, intimate, and meaningful.
In a world where “luxury” has become a commodity and a meaningless buzzword, Gerritsen defines luxury by what is truly rare: space, craftsmanship, materials that not only endure, but become more beautiful as they age and left exposed to the elements of usage. Marc believes in returning to the basics: good clean air, generous space, quiet solitude. The use of elementary materials: concrete, wood, leather, felt, steel, and glass. And the display of bare, untreated finishes. The focus is on the space and how it makes you feel. On what matters. Marc’s pragmatic Northern European sensibilities imbue his design style and language. The decisions and choices he makes are driven by words such as “easy, effortless, unpretentious” and “practical, purposeful, functional”. But simplicity is far from ordinary. Every piece of furniture at MAAD Peak has been purposely designed and made by Marc, some were found and or restored. Each object tells a story, serves a purpose, and brings joy. More than 30 different doors, including hardware, were made by Marc for the various for applications. Whatever was needed for furniture or building components, they were all custom designed and created in his own studio on the land. And, unlike lavish opulence or over-the-top luxury, simplicity means nothing goes to waste. Marc puts every bit of material he acquires to use. And whatever’s left, becomes art. He does the same with nature’s waste and neglected spots — dead branches, beetle-killed trees, strewn rocks, derelict boulders — nothing escapes the designer’s touch.
For more information, please visit: www.maadpeak.com