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.

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec at the Centre Pompidou Metz: design for nomads

A recently opened solo exhibition at the new branch of Paris’s Centre Pompidou shows a selection of the French brothers’ works from the last fifteen years. The more than 1,000 m² 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.

Welcome to Germany’s average teen bedroom

“Let me introduce myself. My name is Jan Müller, I’m 18 years old and live in Germany’s commonest teen bedroom.” That, at least, is how Jan’s spiritual mother Karen Heumann sees it. Heumann, who is Chief Strategy Officer at Hamburg advertising agency Jung von Matt, created the fictitious Müller 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’s commonest living room, which is still on display at Jung von Matt’s premises as a socio-demographic study. It was followed by living rooms at the agency’s branches in Vienna and Zurich. Each of the interior designs reflected the typical German furnishing style at the time.

“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.