How can you eat healthily at work while taking as little time as possible? And how can you celebrate preparing and eating food in a hectic life in style? Ying Ying Ni, an up-and coming industrial designer from China, has investigated this question ‚Äď and has developed a new concept for a mobile steam cooking unit as part of the Phoenix Design Academy.
Dick Spierenburg is Creative Director of the imm cologne‚Äôs new design highlight: ‚ÄúDas Haus ‚Äď Interiors on Stage‚ÄĚ. For the first installation, he has invited London design studio Doshi Levien to build a sort of turnkey vision of what living in one‚Äôs 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.
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‚Äôre 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.
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 ‚ÄúDas Haus ‚Äď Interiors on Stage‚ÄĚ, 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.
With furniture that oscillates between exotic charm and purist contours, Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien aren‚Äôt just bringing a whole new look to the world of interior design, they‚Äôre giving it individuality as well. Their installation ‚ÄúDas Haus ‚Äď Interiors on Stage‚ÄĚ, which the two young designers are busy planning for the next imm cologne, also looks set to be a very personal statement.
A recently opened solo exhibition at the new branch of Paris‚Äôs Centre Pompidou shows a selection of the French brothers‚Äô works from the last fifteen years. The more than 1,000 m¬≤ of space in Gallery 3 of the Centre Pompidou Metz, which was designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine, serves the brothers an enormous playground. The two designers have juxtaposed products from Vitra, Magis, Alessi, Established & Sons, Axor Hansgrohe, Kartell, Kvadrat, Cappellini and Ligne Roset without establishing any immediately obvious scenographic link between them.
‚ÄúLet me introduce myself. My name is Jan M√ľller, I‚Äôm 18 years old and live in Germany‚Äôs commonest teen bedroom.‚ÄĚ That, at least, is how Jan‚Äôs spiritual mother Karen Heumann sees it. Heumann, who is Chief Strategy Officer at Hamburg advertising agency Jung von Matt, created the fictitious M√ľller family seven years ago: father Thomas (43), mother Claudia (40) and son Alexander (13 at the time), who is now called Jan and is 18 years old. The teen bedroom is the fourth room Jung von Matt has created as a location for lively target group research. It all started with Germany‚Äôs commonest living room, which is still on display at Jung von Matt‚Äôs premises as a socio-demographic study. It was followed by living rooms at the agency‚Äôs branches in Vienna and Zurich. Each of the interior designs reflected the typical German furnishing style at the time.
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 ‚ÄėMemphis‚Äô Group in Milan and partner of ‚ÄėSottsass Associati‚Äô from 1980 to 1984 when he opened his own studio in Milan.