Since 2012, the Das Haus – Interiors on Stage initative at IMM Cologne has offered designers and firms including Doshi Levien, Lucha Nichetto, Louise Campbell, and Neri & Hu the chance to redefine the very notion of what design means at home.
For his take on the walk-in exhibition, 2016 Das Haus designer Sebastian Herkner has done away with the traditional four-walls-and-a-roof format of a house, creating a round structure that spirals around a central atrium. Instead of opaque walls, the 2,500-square-foot installation, which will be presented in the fair's Pure Editions Hall 2.2, features a skin made from clear PVC. Inside, curtains from textile brand Nya Nordiska (the exhibition's sponsor) replace interior dividers, reflecting the openness and transparency at the center of the project.
"In a practical sense, round living is of course quite impractical. Our furnishings are all conceived with right angles," notes Herkner. "However, that might be precisely the point: the focus here isn't on efficiency, but rather, in an entirely abstract sense, on possibilities for living. Our version of "Das Haus" simulates a possibility of freer living."
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