Interview Dick Spierenburg:
Five houses with five perspectives

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As part of the concept of the imm cologne design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”, a new designer is invited each year to set the stage of this international interior design platform. Cologne is proud to announce that Sebastian Herkner will take on this role in 2016. Dick Spierenburg, the imm cologne Creative Director, explains in interview the selection process, comparing all five sharply contrasting editions of “The House”.

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

The Stage: Welcome to Das Haus – Interview with Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu

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In 2015, “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” actually turns into a stage – a setting-like structure of spacious interiors and “housing cages” of various sizes that are supposed to question our conception of the home. The design of the architects Neri & Hu laid out in two stories for the first time in the series of “Das Haus”, promises innovative approaches to the concept of living space both on an aesthetic and a philosophical level. In the interview with Niklas Maak, the designers talk anout the conception of their installation.

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.

Profile Neri&Hu:
Detecting the future by recollecting the past

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Neri&Hu Design and Research Office is an interdisciplinary studio for architecture, product design, interior design and graphic design based in Shanghai. Founded in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, the office operates worldwide. The creative dynamic and the growth of the city are reflected in the productivity, the objectives and the flat hierarchies of the 100-strong team at NHRDO. The office has long since expanded beyond mere architecture and deals with the whole spectrum of design requirements of Human-Product-Architecture-City. Perhaps that is also why Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are among the most influential forces in Chinese design today.

Interview with Lyndon Neri:
“We want to bring back the Renaissance.”

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Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, the founders of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office in Shanghai, are designing the 2015 edition of the ‘Das Haus – Interiors on Stage’, the living space at imm cologne, the international interiors show in Cologne. Lyndon Neri explains the idea behind the design entitled ‘Memory Lane’. His lucid stance makes it clear why Neri&Hu meanwhile rank both in Shanghai and worldwide among the most interesting and multi-faceted architects who know how to combine design and architecture and the old and new in a useful way.

“Das Haus” 2015 – Encountering Past and Future

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In 2015, “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” actually turns into a stage – a setting-like structure of spacious interiors and “housing cages” of various sizes that are supposed to question our conception of the home. The design of the architects Neri & Hu laid out in two stories for the first time in the series of “Das Haus”, promises innovative approaches to the concept of living space both on an aesthetic and a philosophical level.