Designer Louise Campbell Featured at Imm Cologne

written by:
October 5, 2013
Read Full Article
  • 
  The maquette that Campbell is working from is a giant storage unit simulacrum, where a series of boxes come to life with their uses, which are meant to be flexible but still rational.

    The maquette that Campbell is working from is a giant storage unit simulacrum, where a series of boxes come to life with their uses, which are meant to be flexible but still rational.

  • 
  “In my free time I have been exploring what I call The Love Project, an inquiry into how yin meets yang – not just in personal relationships but in qualities and values of spaces. Some of these ideas have leaked into Das Haus, where emotion comes together with function,” says Campbell.

    “In my free time I have been exploring what I call The Love Project, an inquiry into how yin meets yang – not just in personal relationships but in qualities and values of spaces. Some of these ideas have leaked into Das Haus, where emotion comes together with function,” says Campbell.

  • 
  Building on her sensual flare for lighting design, Campbell’s vision for Das Haus’s gentle light will include string lighting in collaboration with Kvadrat, who will tailor print textile envelopes for the lamps. “There will be giant chains of light,” beams Campbell.

    Building on her sensual flare for lighting design, Campbell’s vision for Das Haus’s gentle light will include string lighting in collaboration with Kvadrat, who will tailor print textile envelopes for the lamps. “There will be giant chains of light,” beams Campbell.

  • 
  “By emphasizing the low-tech element, I am inviting house users and house guests to play,” says Campbell, “Manual cooking, saws and wrenches, surfaces to work and measure on – this house may not contain the most gorgeous Italian vase but it has every tool imaginable, even antique Japanese tools – your neighbors will want to come to borrow them all and fix everything under the sun”. Rather than being old-fashioned, Campbell insists this approach is a survival strategy for the digital age.

    “By emphasizing the low-tech element, I am inviting house users and house guests to play,” says Campbell, “Manual cooking, saws and wrenches, surfaces to work and measure on – this house may not contain the most gorgeous Italian vase but it has every tool imaginable, even antique Japanese tools – your neighbors will want to come to borrow them all and fix everything under the sun”. Rather than being old-fashioned, Campbell insists this approach is a survival strategy for the digital age.

  • 
  The working color palettes are hues of pinks but Campbell is musing about introducing blues and indigos.

    The working color palettes are hues of pinks but Campbell is musing about introducing blues and indigos.

  • 
  From this high activity area, you move to “the little bedrooms”, which is really a large room full of beds where curtains can be drawn to separate one from the other. “I love a good sofa but there is nothing more inviting in the world than a bed with soft accessories and duvets in soft linens and upholstery. In this house you can fall asleep anywhere, and you can invite 40 for dinner and they can all sleep over,” says Campbell.

    From this high activity area, you move to “the little bedrooms”, which is really a large room full of beds where curtains can be drawn to separate one from the other. “I love a good sofa but there is nothing more inviting in the world than a bed with soft accessories and duvets in soft linens and upholstery. In this house you can fall asleep anywhere, and you can invite 40 for dinner and they can all sleep over,” says Campbell.

  • 
  When the installation is up at imm Cologne, actors using tools, cooking and casually playing music will circulate through the space to emphasize the ambiance of Campbell’s Das Haus vision. “They will make noises and smells, and remind us that in the 21st century we are revising the idea of organization: organized love, organized relationships and the organized rigid interior habits that keep us from an exploration of what lays beyond.” Namely: voluptuousness and the DIY know-how essential for preservation beyond cyberspace.

    When the installation is up at imm Cologne, actors using tools, cooking and casually playing music will circulate through the space to emphasize the ambiance of Campbell’s Das Haus vision. “They will make noises and smells, and remind us that in the 21st century we are revising the idea of organization: organized love, organized relationships and the organized rigid interior habits that keep us from an exploration of what lays beyond.” Namely: voluptuousness and the DIY know-how essential for preservation beyond cyberspace.

Previous Next
Slideshow loading...
@current / @total
Read Full Article

You May Also Like

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...