Louise Campbell:
“There are lots of flexible spaces to experiment.”


Louise Campbell is known for her beautiful lamps and accessories, filigree armchairs and decorative interiors. With her scenography for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” at the imm cologne 2014, she will be using an abundance of creative ideas to show the design world another side of herself. “Das Haus” will surprise visitors with shifting scales and a conceptual approach that focuses on measurements and measuring instruments. In this interview, Louise Campbell describes her ideas for implementing her work and reveals a lot about her personal outlook as well.

Dick Spierenburg: “We’ll be experiencing a very sensuous ‘Haus’ at the imm cologne.”


The trade fair architecture of the Pure Village format that was launched four years ago was developed for the imm cologne by external consultant and Creative Director Dick Spierenburg. And even here, the design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” that was initiated under his creative supervision will be opening its doors again next year too. This time it will be based on a blueprint by Danish designer Louise Campbell.

Interview Nexus Product Design: “We need intelligently used space.”

Pure36_2014_Interview_Nexus_AufmacherAll photos: Andreas Körner

Ulli Finkeldey and Kai Uetrecht are Nexus Product Design and, together with bathroom furniture manufacturer Burgbad, responsible for the development of the bathroom furniture concept rc40. In time for this year’s ISH, the innovative module system has been enhanced and extended by the addition of various new components. The collection gives architects and bathroom planners totally new possibilities for structuring the space commonly known as the “bathroom”. In an interview, the two Bielefeld-based designers explain their ideas and visions of what living in this space can be like.

Workshop interview with Luca Nichetto: “I want to show that you have to take care of your house.”

Photo: Andreas Körner, Koelnmesse

Luca Nichetto, whose choice of location well away from the Milan scene is not entirely coincidental, shows us his designs for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” at his studio in Venice’s port district of Marghera. The large-scale installation of an artificial living situation is to be erected at the next imm cologne. In the studio beneath the roof of a renovated old commercial building, there are stacks of models and prototypes; every wall is full of drawings, photos and plans. Luca Nichetto doesn’t leave anything to chance. With obvious passion and animated gestures, he talks of his idea for a form of living in which the coexistence of man and nature enriches people’s lives.

Interview Dick Spierenburg: “We’ll be seeing a furnishing style that is way ahead of its time.”

Dick Spierenburg is Creative Director of the imm cologne’s new design highlight: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. For the first installation, he has invited London design studio Doshi Levien to build a sort of turnkey vision of what living in one’s own four walls can be like in the midst of the Pure Village hall. In the interview Dick Spierenburg talks about his decision for Doshi Levien and the basic idea of this project.

Interview with Doshi Levien about
“Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” (Part II)

How did you proceed with the design for the imm cologne?

Nipa Doshi: We worked with intersecting volumes of the kind you might find in industrial buildings to create fragmented spaces. For the structuring elements, we’re thinking of walls with different degrees of transparency and frames with mesh-like coverings, rather like Indian jalis. The spaces are connected via windows, and there are steps that lead down from various living levels to a central courtyard.

Interview Doshi Levien: “Our idea of a
perfect house is one that is never complete.”

Anglo-Indian designer couple Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien will be creating a large-scale interior design installation at the imm cologne 2012. In the midst of the planning phase for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”, they talked to us at their London studio about their vision of individual forms of living, merging spaces and organically evolved houses. Their design is a collection of interweaving functional spaces, rather like a collage of real architecture, different cultures and original imaginings. An interior perspective.

“We want to avoid architectural eyesores” – an interview with Matteo Thun

Matteo Thun, the internationally renowned designer and architect from South Tyrol, has a unique style characterised by environmentally-friendly, clean architecture and untreated materials. Born in Bolzanoin 1952, he studied at theAcademy of Salzburg and at theUniversity of Florence. After having worked with Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun became the co-founder of the ‘Memphis’ Group in Milan and partner of ‘Sottsass Associati’ from 1980 to 1984 when he opened his own studio in Milan.

“Nothing to hide”

With its latest ad campaign, German furniture and furnishing concept manufacturer burgbad is breaking new ground when it comes to marketing sanitaryware. The drawings of French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme are intended to appeal to a sophisticated target group for whom good style and humour are by no means mutually exclusive.