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„Das Haus“ 2021: new location, concept and theme


“Das Haus”, the successful series of design showcases hosted by the imm cologne, will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2021. The tenth edition will also mark a change in direction: Das Haus becomes “Das Apartment Haus”. A number of the former designers of “Das Haus” have been invited to contribute to the anniversary special edition. They will be involved in devising the concept for the format’s further development and in its design.

With several different designers creating the updated “Das Haus”, the vision of home living will be more complex. The overarching design by imm cologne Creative Director and designer Dick Spierenburg will ensure a consistent overall appearance. To mark its transition to new themes, “Das Haus” is moving to a new location with diverse, high-calibre surroundings: it will now appear alongside Pure Atmospheres in Hall 11.2. In line with its overall concept, “Das Apartment HAUS” will also be given a wider thematic scope so that it can explore the debate on a current issue in interior design across multiple rooms.

2021: urban living concepts for long- or short-stay apartments

Home living is conceived today as a holistic sphere of life that encompasses the need for retreat, but also indoor and outdoor social activities, entertainment and home working. However, it is not just integrating the home office into traditional living environments that is creating new future challenges for the interior design industry. The sector must also develop models for “new living” that can provide solutions for denser living spaces.

In 2021, the experimental platform for interior design will therefore be devoted to a future issue with an increasing impact on urban development: long- or short-stay apartments offering innovative solutions for temporary or permanent homes in densely populated urban environments.

Long- or short-stay apartments are let fully furnished. These new apartment buildings also foster different forms of co-living by expanding the private sphere with areas for communal use dedicated to hospitality, sport and work.

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The imm cologne is responding to changes in the hospitality market and creating a forum for the new concepts developed by its exhibitors for hotels and lounges, bars, clubs and restaurants. The most exciting developments can currently be seen in residential interior design. “New models are emerging for people who are flexible in terms of time and location and who are open to living concepts such as apartment buildings and co-living projects,” says Dick Spierenburg, Creative Director of imm cologne. At imm cologne 2021, a special edition of our design event ‘Das Haus’ will create an experimental platform for innovative concepts like these in order to pick up on the important new ideas stimulating the industry.”

“Das Apartment Haus” will present a series of inspiring examples of designers’ work and branded apartments that reveal what private and public spaces could look like in these new living concepts.