Spanish studio MUT Design is the guest of honour for the “Das Haus 2020” at imm cologne

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Spanish studio MUT Design is the guest of honour for the “Das Haus 2020” at imm cologne
Spanish studio MUT Design is the guest of honour for the “Das Haus 2020” at imm cologne

The Spaniards’ design addresses the longing for an interior concept in which possibilities for retreat can be sustainably combined with outdoor living

“Das Haus” is erected at the international furniture and interiors fair imm cologne : a design that points the way ahead to how we might live in future. For seven days in January every year, it's constructed from scratch, painted and lovingly furnished, visited by thousands, discussed and photographed. The simulated interior in Cologne - a combination of architecture, interior design and furnishings - gives a designer or design team the opportunity to make their own personal statement on contemporary living. In a wide-ranging variety of styles - from minimalist to extravagant, from matter-of-fact to sensuous - the installation blends current trends and products into a finely tuned interior design. Koelnmesse has nominated the young Spanish design team MUT to be its guest of honour for the ninth edition of “Das Haus” at imm cologne 2020 (13.-19.1.).Chromo is a blown glass lamp created by MUT Design for the 2018 edition of the Wallpaper* Handmade Exhibition; it was manufactured by Czech company Preciosa Lighting. (Photo: Wallpaper*)

A project like ‘Das Haus’ gives a designer a unique opportunity to create something that's totally independent of production and market conditions while simultaneously understanding and rediscovering their designs in terms of how they impact the space,” says MUT, describing the challenge of designing a fully furnished house for the international furniture and interiors fair imm cologne. “In our design, we want to go one step further and explore the potential architecture and interior design have for opening the space up to the outdoors.” As a result, the architectural dimension of “Das Haus” is particularly significant this time round. “Mediterranean life is synonymous with outdoor living,” says MUT of the inspiration the team draws from its traditional lifestyle culture. “Our houses have always integrated a little bit of nature into their interiors. Even traditional shapes become modern icons in the hands of MUT Design: the woven rattan of the outdoor hanging seat Nautica pays homage to one of the first pieces created by Expormim in the 1970s and aims to evoke the reflection of sunrays on the ocean waves. (Photo: Klunderbi)

Founded in 2010 by Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón, the design studio is one of the most successful teams of the “new wave” in Spanish design. In their native Valencia, a hotspot of Spanish design that's bolstered by the traditional furniture making and ceramics industries round about, the team creates furniture, carpets, tiles and lamps for the interiors sector, as well as designing hotels and exhibitions. All their work is characterised by a tendency towards simple, soft, circular shapes. Their creations - which have won major accolades such as the Red Dot award - exhibit forms with a vaguely unfamiliar quality or translate a familiar shape into a modern design. Their international clientele includes firms such as Expormim, GAN, Ex.t, Sancal, Preciosa Lighting, Bolia, E interiors, Harmony Inspire, Missana and LZF. The Block seating collection is inspired by construction block games and the “opposites attract” principle. Block was created by Spanish design studio MUT for Missana. (Photo: MUT Design)

The name MUT comes from Valencian (a variant of Catalan ) and translates roughly as “Quiet!” - a request for silence when you want to make yourself heard. But the designers can also identify with the German meaning of “Mut”, i.e. courage: “It rounds off the way we see ourselves perfectly, because nowadays it takes a lot of courage to stand up for your own principles instead of going with the flow dictated by trends,” says the Spanish team. And it's definitely true to say that emotionality and an expressive design language are the most outstanding characteristics of their work.Arco, a piece of bathroom furniture with an integrated mirror and a shelving system hiding behind the glass, is a 2018 design by MUT for Italian manufacturer Ex-t design. The washbasin can be exchanged for a countertop to create an elegant console for the home. (Photo: Andres Reisinger)

With MUT, “Das Haus” is deliberately remaining within the sphere of European design this time round, while simultaneously selecting a decidedly progressive team with a contemporary profile. “MUT isn’t so much a classic design team as the kind of multidisciplinary community of like-minded people that exists in all sorts of constellations nowadays: modern, flexible and creative. They work in a surprisingly diverse range of fields: they’re product designers, creative directors, graphic designers, interior designers and curators, all rolled into one,” says Dick Spierenburg, creative director of the imm cologne, on the decision to nominate MUT. “As a result, they stand for a new generation of design studios that's responding to a changed market landscape in which huge demands are made of designers’ adaptability and inventiveness. Equally at home in the dining room or a café: Minima by Spanish design Studio MUT, is a combination of straight and curved lines that look as if they’ve been drawn by hand. The result is a light, stackable chair produced by Japanese label E interiors. (Photo: MUT Design)

Source: Koelnmesse
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