By Erin TallmanJan 9
Czech designer Lucie Koldova represents the importance of light on living in her Das Haus installation at IMM 2018 in Cologne, Germany. The conceptual house “Light Levels – Ebenen des Lichts“ by Lucie Koldova accentuated the link between practical requirements and emotional needs. In each room, she devised a layout in...
Czech designer Lucie Koldova represents the importance of light on living in her Das Haus installation at IMM 2018 in Cologne, Germany.
The conceptual house “Light Levels – Ebenen des Lichts“ by Lucie Koldova accentuated the link between practical requirements and emotional needs. In each room, she devised a layout in which the light fixtures played with the environment to create the desired emotional experience, all while remaining very pragmatic.
Functional does not mean tasteless, however, and the stylish, design-friendly home that Koldova developed shows how beauty in one’s environment has a strong hold on one’s emotions. Visitors traveled through various emotional states when in the different zones: living, relax, inspiration, dress, spirit and the terrace.
An ensemble of Brokis’ Jack-o’-lantern pendant lights welcomed guests at the main entrance “like little beetles that should guide you home,” Koldova said during the press conference.
Her Link sofa for Prostoria encircled her Pure-Fire for Brokis, both new products which emerged from the Das Haus project. Pure-Fire sat on the Kvadrat rug Semis, designed by Koldova, in the center of the living zone to generate a subtle warmth within guests, whose accentuated comfort came not only from the patterned textile of the Link sofa, but it’s inner softness.
In regards to the Link, Koldova told ArchiExpo e-Magazine:
It’s touching when, after having spent nine months designing the Link, I can sit on it and feel how incredibly comfortable it is and then see others enjoy it.
The pendant light Puro Sparkles, also newly designed for the Das Haus, dangled from the center of the space. The light from Puro Sparkles reflected off a Macaron placed on top a 194 9 table by Piero Lissoni for Cassina, to reveal a whimsical and delicate flower within. Referencing the Puro Sparkles, Koldova said:
Like stars that sparkle within a home.
The relax zone incorporated a bathing area to the right and a rest area to the left. Up a few wooden steps, the Dune by Antonio Lupi, designed by Mario Ferrarini, nestled into the wooden floor like a hot spring. Behind the tub hung several cream-to-white Ivy pendants, designed by Koldova for the project, which gave the feeling of being in a “light” forest.
Facing the light forest, a ceiling full of Ivy pendant lights, revealing various hues of light pinks and purples, hung over a large bed which took up an entire niche.
It’s big enough to fit a whole family. I have a baby, so I know what it’s like to need a big bed.
On the other side of the living area, the dress zone in the form of a woman’s wardrobe as her private space, could be easily adapted to a man’s dressing quarters. Red, red and more red. “Red’s my favorite color.”
A woman entering this room to prepare herself can feel nothing short of beautiful and sexy. Heeled shoes sat like idols atop Ipe Tondo & Ipe Quadro marble stands by James Irvine for Marsotto Edizioni. They were off limits within an open, white, metal-framed, rectangular box-like area. Putting favorite items on display was natural for Koldova, who told ArchiExpo e-Magazine:
That’s what I do at home.
While we discussed the various rooms with Koldova on the terrace, where more Jack-o’-lanterns held down the fort, a man walked passed and, with a light-hearted chuckle, asked:
Hey, Lucie, where’s the kitchen?
He gave her a thumbs up and said great job. Her work on the Das Haus, to depict a link between practical requirements and emotional needs through light, was truly a delight to see and feel.
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The “Das Haus” series is a holistic residential home simulation of architecture, interior design and furnishing, created by a different designer each year upon invitation by the international interiors trade fair IMM Cologne. In an area of around 180 m², the guest of honor can make a personal statement on contemporary living in the middle of one of the largest interiors trade fairs in the world.