Once again this year the international furniture fair in Cologne (imm cologne) offered a comparison of different visions of living space. Joris Laarman, Stefan Diez and Astrid Krogh – all young designers – each came up with their ideal home to open a dialogue with the solitary and crystalline vision of Dieter Rams, the leading representative of the German design tradition that places the designer at the centre of the relationship with industry.
Despite the age difference, the dialogue between the young designers and the grand master revealed a shared idea of an open environment where everyone is free to independently design their living space, surrounding themselves with objects whose presence is not oppressive, because the space is not closed within a defined structure. It is interesting to compare the rarefied atmosphere of Rams’s house, animated by friendly presences such as the expression of the placid serenity of logic, and the metropolitan tree house conceived by Laarman as an “ongoing experiment”.
While Rams declares: “A comfortable home is for me light and “open” in the sense that it offers free space, space to move around in. It has an atmosphere of calm and generosity, which allows you to breathe freely”; Laarman instead maintains: “My surroundings is my house, my space is my tree and my house is my nest”.