Imm Cologne 2019 – Every year the first international design event shows off at Imm Cologne, Germany, previewing some of trends of the year. And, according to Rotterdam-based studio Truly Truly, 2019 will be fluid. As Guest of Honour of the fair, the design duo presents DAS HAUS – LIVING BY MOODS, a 180 sqm installation rethinking home interiors starting from our mood rather than the fixed purpose of each room.
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Instead of conceiving the home as a apartment with kitchen, bathroom or living room, Truly Truly created four areas tuning with four different moods: reclusive, serene, active and reclining.
“It’s not its functions that characterise a room, but rather its atmosphere,” explain Kate and Joel Booy. “The different zones create a certain mood so that the residents are always able to find the right place to suit what they want to do at that moment – in accordance with the rhythm of their lives.”
Carefully chosen textiles, textures and colours define the living environment as a metaphor for an organic and fluid lifestyle in which anything is possible, in any space. The result is an elegant, sensual and airy design, seeking new approaches to an open domestic culture.
With its intricate outer shell, DAS HAUS – LIVING BY MOODS invites to explore a space where private areas alternate with public ones, with exciting viewing angles opening up everywhere. The rooms merge into one another, their function is hinted at rather than dictated by the furniture.
Indeed, spaces and furnishings are multifunctional. A wall of plants conceals what seems to be a kitchen and visitors may find themselves questioning whether the table is for dining or working. At the sink counter, it’s also possible to have a coffee while the sofa doesn’t dictate any explicit seating direction either.
The centre of the home is the kitchen, fashioned in polished stainless steel and gleaming tiles, whose unfamiliar forms invite you to reorganise your workflows: washing, preparing, cooking, serving – everything is separate. The refrigerator and cupboards disappear into a wall unit. A bench forming several seating levels leads across into a quiet corner, and the sink unit also protrudes far into the room.
Only those areas intended for relaxation and privacy have a more distinct appearance: the low-backed armchair, the table half obscured behind a wall of plants, the sleeping area. The tactile properties of all the materials and textiles radiate warmth. The colours, all of which are from a warm palette, are also emotionally motivated.
All images: courtesy of IMM Cologne.