Sebastian Herkner’s ‘Das Haus’ Celebrates Openness And Transparency In Home Design At IMM Cologne 2016

As his impressive ‘Das Haus’ home opened to visitors at Cologne’s IMM International furniture exhibition, German designer Sebastian Herkner remarked that design should take responsibility and try to help with cultural integration. In his choice of materials and objects for ‘Das Haus’ Herkner had the German ‘Wilkommenskultur’ in mind. The result is an open concept interior, full of international influences, that succeeds in drawing visitors in to it’s green centrepoint to relax and connect. Homedit went to explore the house to see what ideas could influence your next home or room design project…

Das Haus by Sebastian Herkner aims to welcome allView in gallery
Das Haus by Sebastian Herkner aims to welcome all
Das Haus 2016, Sebastian Herkner, imm cologne 2016View in gallery
Das Haus 2016, Sebastian Herkner, imm cologne 2016

Das Haus simulates a residential abode of over 200 sqm, and is erected as a centrepiece of the International furniture exhibition. Every year this project reflects contemporary furnishing trends, and aspirations to social change. A visit to Das Haus allows us to see a portrait of the designer, and to experience a blueprint for creating our own interior as an expression of our personality.

Sebastian Herkner has become a new face for German design, he worked in London with Stella McCartney while a student and has since designed products for companies such as Moroso, Classicon, Pulpo and Leff Amsterdam, winning numerous awards for his work.

The entrance to Das Haus 2016View in gallery
The entrance to Das Haus 2016

Herkner’s Haus is a circular structure, with almost no solid walls, allowing flexible living within adaptable spaces. Panoramic views open up from any position inside, and similarly to many houses in Holland, the living spaces can be viewed through large windows from the outside. The designer felt „It was important for me that Das Haus is really open to everyone“ A wheelchair accessible ramp brings you up to the Kitchen area to enter. Here dangle Herkner’s dynamic lights for Fontana Arte.

Nebra lights by Sebastian Herkner for Fontana ArteView in gallery
Nebra lights by Sebastian Herkner for Fontana Arte
Das Haus from the centre looking outView in gallery
Das Haus from the centre looking out

Openness is a challenge, Herkner recalls his grandparents home „the neighbours just knocked and came in, now we have five locks and CCTV cameras“, while not so practical, openness is certainly an admirable quality to aspire to. In this way the home references the circular yurts of Mongolian travellers, reknowned for their warm welcome to visitors.

Amongst the plants at the enticing green core of Das HausView in gallery
Amongst the plants at the enticing green core of Das Haus

The green centre draws you in, like an oasis of tropical plants around the two Dedon Mbrace armchairs. The Sabine Marceles Voie Light add a modern glow to the greenery. Cushions stacked at the edge turn shallow steps into extra guest seating. A separate more traditional looking lounge area features a plush aquamarine velvet Arflex sofa, and Herkner’s Bell Table designed for Classicon.

Living room at the edge of Das HausView in gallery
Living room at the edge of Das Haus
The workspace connects to the living areaView in gallery
The workspace connects to the living area
A workspace that can easily be closed away at the end of the dayView in gallery
A workspace that can easily be closed away at the end of the day

At the edge of the living area, a discreet Orcus sideboard doubles as workstation, topped with the fuzzy ‘Felt Two’ clock from Leff Amsterdam.

The cheeky Leff Amsterdam felt clockView in gallery
The cheeky Leff Amsterdam felt clock

The stainless steel and solid wood kitchen is wrapped by a huge bright yellow plastic hanging divider, joining the zone of food production to that of food enjoyment, demarcated by the substantial TA18 Solid wood dining table by Phillip Mainzer at E15.

Yellow plastic sets of the table from E15View in gallery
Yellow plastic sets of the table from E15
The steel and solid wood kitchenView in gallery
The steel and solid wood kitchen
Metallic Curtain divider encircles the bedroomView in gallery
Metallic Curtain divider encircles the bedroom

Past a shiny metallic curtain made of recycled materials, you enter the stunning bathroom and bedroom complex. Don’t worry there are curtains for privacy here! The wall is made from bricks of soap bars, giving the bathroom a light perfume. Agape provide the freestanding bathtub, round sink and folding mirror. On the wooden Vitra bench, a casual arrangement of white fluffy towels and accessories like Herkner’s Pulpo container create a welcoming atmosphere. Perhaps guests like to drop in for a chat with whoever’s bathing?

The open plan bathroom design connects to the bedroomView in gallery
The open plan bathroom design connects to the bedroom
Detail of the soap wall and Vitra benchView in gallery
Detail of the soap wall and Vitra bench
The stylish bathroom has a pleasant soapy scent from a soap 'brick' wallView in gallery
The stylish bathroom has a pleasant soapy scent from a soap ‘brick’ wall
Natural brush bathing accessories hanging on the metal wallView in gallery
Natural brush bathing accessories hanging on the metal wall

Petite Friture wallpaper accents the bedroom, where a comfy padded headboard wraps around the Schramm Werkstätten bed. Again plenty more plants filter the air and add to the cosy atmosphere.

Jungle wallpaper by Tiphaine de Bodman at Petite FritureView in gallery
Jungle wallpaper by Tiphaine de Bodman at Petite Friture
Luxurious Schramm Werkstätten bedView in gallery
Luxurious Schramm Werkstätten bed

On the way out, the very wood Unam rocking chair tries to entice us to stay. But there’s so much to see in the acres of exhibition hall at Cologne IMM that we must politely refuse in order to bring Homedit readers more of the show’s highlights. We head out past a curving row of grey crystal Kai Linke pendant lights and off into the row upon row of gleaming new design.

Unam rocking chair by very woodView in gallery
Unam rocking chair by very wood
Rosenthal Domo potsView in gallery
Rosenthal Domo pots
Cosmo light by Kai LinkeView in gallery
Cosmo light by Kai Linke
Floor pillows for a full comfortView in gallery
Floor pillows for a full comfort
Multi-functional furniture - chair and coffee tableView in gallery
Multi-functional furniture – chair and coffee table