Das Haus by Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell debuts Das Haus at imm Cologne tomorrow.

Ever the maverick, mounts ’s third installation. Rather than stylising a standard interior with iconic furniture, the Anglo-Danish designer explores scale while balancing private and public qualities – trade fair exposure and domestic comfort.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and The Cure’s Wild Moon Swings album, Campbell creates a practical and imaginative scenography. With Scandinavian rationality, she designs built-in fixtures that facilitate both relaxation and work. A 20 metre long bed is used to socialise, not just for sleeping. Large tables and cabinets are among furniture-based tools put to good use. The low tech space favors flexible or mobile solutions.

Campbell’s non-architectural approach emphasises Das Haus as a single piece of furniture – a large storage unit for humans. Subdued lighting – a contested commodity on the trade fair floor – and warm atmosphere provides visitors with a calm retreat. A post and beam grid covers 240 m2 of open plan living space. Without walls, Das Haus is covered on three sides by a fabric mesh. The installation tells a lot of stories but needs no words.

Stay tuned for images of the full scale Das Haus – debuting tomorrow at Koelnmesse 2.2 Pure Village.

Photos Andreas Köner

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