Ten years of designing public spaces has not only resulted in a wide range of projects, it has also formed and honed M+R's view of their profession. Founders Hans Maréchal and Marie-Louise Rooijmans explore the dilemmas and conclusions of this first decade in more depth in their self-penned essay. They see the interior architect as the director of a complicated design process, in which the user (the visitor or the occupant) should take a central position. How that works out in practice is covered in publications by and interviews with various journalists and clients. The many attractive photos and plans give a good picture of the results.
According to M+R, the interior architect continually needs to maintain a dynamic balance between personal and public aspects. This field of tension is captured in the title of the book, Portrait + Landscape. The two concepts also served as the guiding principle for the book design. This book, with its entirely individual character, is a complete edition about the work of M+R interior architecture.