"Das Haus" at the International Furniture Fair, imm cologne, is a program project on how we could live in the future. For seven days in January, it is rebuilt every year, painted and decorated with love, visited by thousands of people, discussed and photographed. In the Kölner Wohnhaus simulation of architecture, interior design and furnishing, a designer or team of designers has the opportunity to make a personal statement about contemporary living. In a wide variety of styles – sometimes minimalist, sometimes extravagant, sometimes sober, sometimes sensual – current trends and products blend into a coordinated interior design. As a guest of honor at the ninth edition of Das Haus at the imm cologne festival 2020 (13-19.1), Koelnmesse has named the young Spanish design team MUT.
"A project like The House offers the designer a unique opportunity to create something that is not subject to production or market conditions, while understanding and rediscovering their designs for their impact on space", MUT says about the challenge designing a fully furnished home for the international furniture fair imm cologne. "In our design, we want to go a little further and explore the potential of architecture and interior decoration to open the space to the outside." The architectural dimension of Das Haus is therefore of particular importance this time around. "Living on the Mediterranean is synonymous with outdoor living," says MUT about the inspiration of its traditional home decor. "Since time immemorial, our homes have always integrated a piece of nature into the interior."
Founded in 2010 by Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón, the design studio is one of the most successful teams of the "new wave" of Spanish design. In their hometown of Valencia, one of Spain's Hot Design Spots, also reinforced by the traditional furniture and ceramics industry, they design furniture, carpets, tiles and tiles. fixtures for the interior decoration sector, as well as hotels and exhibitions. The characteristic of all his works is a tendency to settle, soft circular forms. His drafts, which have been honored with the red dot, show forms which seem alienated indefinitely; or they translate a familiar form into a modern design. International customers include: Expormim, GAN, Ex.t, Sancal, Preciosa Lighting, Bolia, E Interiors, Harmony Inspire, Missana and LZF.
The name MUT comes from Valencian (a variant of Catalan) and means as much as the call "rest!", With which one wants to be heard. But designers can also identify with the meaning of the word "courage" in German: "This perfectly complements our self-image because today it takes a lot of courage to defend your own line and not to swim with the flow of trends, "she said. Spaniards. And, in fact, his creations are mainly characterized by an emotivity and a meaningful form language.
With MUT, the house remains consciously in the sphere of European design, but chooses an extremely progressive team with a contemporary profile. "MUT is less a classic design team than a multidisciplinary community of like-minded people, as they are today in various constellations: modern, flexible, creative.They work in surprisingly diverse fields and are at the same time product designers, creative directors, graphic designers, interior designers and editors, "commented the creative director of Imm cologne, Dick Spierenburg, about the decision made by MUT . "It represents a new generation of design studios that respond to a changing market landscape and require a lot of the designers' adaptability and inventiveness."
Appraisal: The house from 2012 to 2019 – eight ideas of life
In 2012, Indian and British designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien opened the new format and staged an almost organic space that allows a communicative interaction of people and cultures. In 2013, Italian product designer Luca Nichetto continued the design event as an elegant ensemble opening to all facets of nature. In 2014, Danish designer Louise Campbell turned the house into a quiet haven of technology in the hustle and bustle of the fair and a model for reconciling opposing natures and human styles. In 2015, Chinese architects Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri questioned traditional living rituals using oversized "living cages" with classic and contemporary furniture in a spacious Shanghai-style space that made the visitor feel comfortable. voyeur and inspired. In 2016, the German designer Sebastian Herkner had a home match: with his round house, he created a barrier-free and airy house for people and cultures, limited only by movable curtains to change perspective. The transatlantic house of Todd Bracher, which visitors of the show were able to visit in Cologne in 2017, was living from reduction to essentials. While the Czech designer Lucie Koldova has made The House 2018 an experience on the emotional dimension of different lighting scenarios, Truly Truly, based in Rotterdam, has materialized her idea of moody, "moving", living with a design interorganic living spaces.