Das Haus Offers a Fresh Take on Outdoor Living
Spanish studio MUT Design takes the reins of the 2020 Das Haus exhibition with a conceptual home that explores how our desires for connection with nature and community is infiltrating into design.
The annual Das Haus event, which is held as part of the IMM furniture fair in Cologne (January 13-19), gives a prominent studio the opportunity to construct its vision of the ideal future home.
The exhibition delves into what MUT Design believes will be the key aspirations driving luxury design and architecture. The studio focuses on the desire for connection with the outdoors, with a progressive take on indoor/outdoor spaces that marry protection and privacy with an openness to natural surroundings.
The studio draws inspiration from patio spaces, which act as a site for social activity and communal get-togethers in Mediterranean culture. The design – titled A La Fresca (meaning in the open air) – inverts this patio space. The house consists of diagonally angled, semi-circular silos that provide room-like shelters, with walls that open up to the outside.
Each room is organised by function, with a space for relaxation, eating and cooking, exercising, and bathing. Meanwhile, the corridor-like gap between these silos offers a sheltered space for one to enjoy privacy but remain connected to the larger house.
MUT enlists a collection of outdoor furniture to decorate the house and illustrate the living room-worthy quality of weatherproof designs. The house features a hammock acting as bed, and tables, rugs and chairs from top outdoor brands (largely of MUT’s own design) to call for a more fluid approach to design between indoor and outdoor worlds.
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