Sebastian Herkner's Take on the Ideal House Embraces Smell, Touch, and Even Taste

Das Haus 2016 by Sebastian Herkner at IMM Cologne. Photo by Lutz Sternstein/courtesy of Koelnmesse.


Even with a detailed architectural model, we can never quite visualize the final result. Highly ambitious could sum up Sebastian Herkner's plan for the 2016 edition of "Das Haus—Interiors on Stage", revealed to a group of journalists in September of last year. Inspired by a friend in a wheelchair and the structure of yurts, Herkner's take on the ideal home followed a complex, ring-based geometry—but the question was, would it work?


Unveiled at IMM 2016, held this year from January 18-24, Herkner's "Das Haus" is packed full of creature-comforts, and perhaps the most seductive of the pavilions showcased over the last few years on the 2,600-square-foot stage in the middle of Hall 2.2 (Pure Editions)—among them the 2015 edition by Neri & Hubased on Shanghai's lane houses, and the 2014 edition by Louise Campbellcomplete with an extra-large bed.



Das Haus 2016 by Sebastian Herkner at IMM Cologne. Photo by Lutz Sternstein/courtesy of Koelnmesse.


"Make sure to use your nose," Herkner told Wifijerez, and a deep breath revealed the crisp and clean smell of soap in the bathroom, where the designer used soap tiles. Meanwhile, a ring-based system of transparent and moveable curtains "inspired by architecture," the designer notes, evoked sense of touch, and a bar offering herbal- and fruit-infused water enticed the taste buds. "Design is also about touching senses," he says.


Furnishings included 19 new products by the prolific Herkner, among them the Bell light for , Mbrace, a rocker for , and the Slot wardrobe system for .


The designer also paid tribute to favorite designers including Patricia Urquiola with her Cuna tub for  and Jamie Hayon, with his Formakami lantern for . While the rings and a rectangle of etched glass zoned living areas, the inner courtyard was left open and filled with vibrant green plants. Herkner concludes, "It's not a museum, it's really a place to stay."



Das Haus 2016 by Sebastian Herkner at IMM Cologne. Photo by Lutz Sternstein/courtesy of Koelnmesse.

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