A house that locks nobody out

This week Imm Cologne presents a new edition of ‘Das Haus – Interiors on Stage’. The new face of German design, Sebastian Herkner gives his view on the home of the future with circular shapes and spaces in which the wall elements are replaced by movable curtains. With his vision of freer living the designer also wants to make a social statement: a message against the tendency toward isolation.
‘The transparency of Das Haus is an expression of the necessity of facing changes with more openness’, Herkner comments on his concept against the background of the flow of refugees currently presenting a serious societal challenge in Germany. ‘Everyone is invited to look, enter, feel, communicate with others and gather impressions. There are no boundaries, no barriers, no corners on which one can bump into or hide behind. The result is an uncompromising round and open house in which the various levels are accessed by way of a gallery. That was the approach:
a (nearly) endless house’, the young Offenbach designer explains.

The soft, flowing interior plays with texture, pattern, light and perspectives, addressing all the senses in the process. An aperture in the suggested roof at the centre, which should act as a kind of inner courtyard and garden, has an important conceptual role: it is the lively meeting point of the house and represents the core of the onion-like architecture revealed from the inside out.
The furniture selected by Sebastian Herkner for the interior design – in some cases designed by himself, in some cases favourite pieces designed by other designers – stand around freely in the room like on a stage.
Many prototypes, exclusive designs and new products are presented by Herkner’s industry partners for the first time, including an outdoor collection from Dedon, a room divider from Rosenthal, a chair from Linteloo and lighting from Pulpo.

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All photos: Das Haus 2016 by Sebastian Herkner, imm cologne 2016

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