Das Haus 2017: The essence of living

Photo: Koelnmesse, Constantin Meyer
Photo: Koelnmesse, Constantin Meyer

What do we need to live? The design by Todd Bracher, with which the US designer surprised the visitors of the imm cologne 2017 can be reduced down to this simple question. Especially since they still could recall last year’s “Das Haus” with its very different design that confused the senses – full of colours, scents, textile haptics, round in shape, transparent and open on all sides. Whereas Sebastian Herkner demonstrated sensual indulgence recently, Todd Bracher is limiting himself down to the essentials.

Transatlantic living: Todd Bracher to create “Das Haus” at imm cologne 2017

Todd Bracher © Frank Ishman
Todd Bracher © Frank Ishman

“Das Haus” is created anew every year at imm cologne by another designer. They have already been from London, Venice, Copenhagen, Shanghai and Offenbach. Next year the American designer Todd Bracher will design the approximately 200-square metre area in the popular “Pure Editions” area in Hall 2.2: a walk-in, almost habitable, fully-fitted and furnished house.

Das Haus 2016 by Sebastian Herkner:
Everything is going according to plan

© Koelnmesse
© Koelnmesse

In just under a week it is time at last – imm cologne opens its doors again. This year “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” by Sebastian Herkner is not only a complete contrast to its predecessors, but also to the conventional living we are familiar with. Circular, more or less translucent and with next to no solid walls, the visitors can look forward to a totally new experience.

Welcome to “Das Haus”:
Oliver Herwig in a Talk with Sebastian Herkner

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The new edition of “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” stands in bold contrast with all living conventions. It is circular, more or less transparent and has almost no solid wall elements. Nonetheless, Sebastian Herkner’s house promises to be a sensual experience – a house that is soft and aromatic, colourful and communicative. In the interview with Oliver Herwig, the designer talks about the conception of his installation.

Welcome to an unknown world: video “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage“ at imm cologne 2015

Das Haus 2015

imm cologne’s “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” has never possessed such an imposing architectural force: Whereas in 2014, the visitor was invited into the interior of Louise Campbell’s “Haus”, a country-house-like, Scandinavian-cosy space, the installation by the Chinese architect couple Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri affects the beholder more like a challenge to be overcome.

“Das Haus 2015” by Neri & Hu: where our souls live

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Imm cologne’s “Das Haus” has never possessed such imposing architectural force. Last year, the visitor was invited into the interior of Louise Campbell’s “Haus”, a country-house-like, Scandinavian-cosy space. This year, the installation by the Chinese architect couple Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri affects the beholder more like a challenge to be overcome. And that’s exactly what “Das Haus” 2015 by Neri&Hu is meant to be – a challenge:

Top event at the imm cologne 2015: Neri&Hu’s “Das Haus” is under construction

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With a number of days still to go until Christmas, Koelnmesse’s hall 2.2 was already a hotbed of activity. Now, Pure Village is nearing completion: the numerous cubes are ready for the many ambitious design brands that will be exhibiting here to move into. But above all, a host of helpers are constructing the architecture of “Das Haus”, the Pure design segment’s top event.

Interview with Dick Spierenburg: “All-round architects are coming back on the scene.”

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Part of the principle behind the imm cologne design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” is that a new designer is invited to make his or her mark on the interior design platform every year. For the 2015 edition of the project, the Cologne trade fair has brought the Shanghai-based Neri&Hu Design and Research Office on board. The two architects are one of the hottest creative teams in the world right now – and the imm cologne is bringing them to Germany. In our interview, the imm cologne’s Creative Director Dick Spierenburg explains the background to this development.

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