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imm cologne turns to MUT for Das Haus 2020

MUTSpanish design company MUT will great the Das Haus installation at next January’s imm cologne exhibition.

‘A project like Das Haus gives a designer a unique opportunity to create something that’s totally independent of production and market conditions while simultaneously understanding and rediscovering their designs in terms of how they impact the space,’ says MUT.

‘In our design, we want to go one step further and explore the potential architecture and interior design have for opening the space up to the outdoors. Mediterranean life is synonymous with outdoor living. Our houses have always integrated a little bit of nature into their interiors.’

Founded in 2010 by Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón, the design studio is one of the most successful teams of the ‘new wave’ in Spanish design. In its native Valencia, a hotspot of Spanish design that’s bolstered by the traditional furniture-making and ceramics industries, the team creates furniture, carpets, tiles and lamps for the interiors sector, as well as designing hotels and exhibitions. All its work is characterised by a tendency towards simple, soft, circular shapes. Its creations – which have won major accolades such as the Red Dot award – exhibit forms with a vaguely unfamiliar quality or translate a familiar shape into a modern design. Its international clientele includes firms such as Expormim, GAN, Ex.t, Sancal, Preciosa Lighting, Bolia, E interiors, Harmony Inspire, Missana and LZF.

This may be the only chance in our lives to see our ideas for home living expressed in their pure form,’ says Sánchez. ‘After all, it’s a concept, not a real house. Although perhaps it could be, if the forms were to be enclosed in glass, for example. But at present, we’re only interested in possibilities, not reality.’ 

‘Our designs usually take pure, smooth circular forms. The architecture of our Das Haus project is also inspired by these geometric lines,’ says Villalón. 

The name MUT comes from Valencian (a variant of Catalan) and translates roughly as Quiet! – a request for silence when you want to make yourself heard. But the designers can also identify with the German meaning of Mut, ie courage: ‘It rounds off the way we see ourselves perfectly, because nowadays it takes a lot of courage to stand up for your own principles instead of going with the flow dictated by trends.’

‘With MUT, Das Haus is deliberately remaining within the sphere of European design this time round, while simultaneously selecting a decidedly progressive team with a contemporary profile. MUT isn’t so much a classic design team as the kind of multidisciplinary community of like-minded people that exists in all sorts of constellations nowadays: modern, flexible and creative. They work in a surprisingly diverse range of fields: they’re product designers, creative directors, graphic designers, interior designers and curators, all rolled into one,” says Dick Spierenburg, imm cologne creative director. ‘As a result, they stand for a new generation of design studios that’s responding to a changed market landscape in which huge demands are made of designers’ adaptability and inventiveness.’