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Das Haus 2019


Like every year, the Das Haus project at IMM—the furniture and decoration trade fair staged annually in Cologne, Germany—allows young designers to present their vision of the future house based on a real house in an area of around 180m2. In the last edition, the house was built by the Australians Kate and Joel Booy, founders of the Truly Truly Studio in Rotterdam and designers of products and objects for interiors, lighting, textiles and spaces.

Named “Living by Moods”, Das Haus 2019 comprised an intricate outer shell enveloping the public and private zones. The centre of the home was configured by the kitchen, whose unfamiliar forms were an invitation to reorganise the usual workflows of washing, cooking, serving, etc. The house didn’t have courtyard nor garden, only rooms whose atmospheres carried visitors away and invited them to contemplate the functions of our living environments. Calm areas, private areas and options for sitting down (some solitary, some grouped together) alternated with extensive open spaces. Objets d’art and fabrics, screens, rugs and lamps completed the mise en scène, and provided an artistic touch.

Das Haus 2019 showcased a new way of living in which the rooms signify freedom rather than fixed delimitation. Spaces and furnishings were multifunctional—the large dining table with its few chairs could be used for various activities, and the sofa did not dictate an explicit seating direction—. Only the areas intended for relaxation and privacy (such as the bathroom and bedroom) presented a more specific meaning and are slightly set apart.


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