|ideal house cologne 2005: The vision of Patricia Urquiola|
In the realization of her vision of home living in the future, the designer Patricia Urquiola pursues an idea: a scaffolding envelops a house, the way an overcoat envelops its wearer. That was the idea on which she based the first draft of her "ideal house cologne" which she presented for the first time, and which can be seen in its final form within the scope of the design project at the forthcoming International Furniture Fair in Cologne, imm cologne 2005, from 17th to 23rd January 2005. The Spanish designer is planning one of the two 16-metre-long, ten-metre-wide and nine-metre-high houses. As her starting point, Patricia Urquiola is concentrating on the core terms of the project: "ideal" and "house".
"An ideal does
not exist in reality. It only exists in our imagination", says Urquiola.
"As soon as it becomes reality, immediately a new ideal is created."
Correspondingly, she understands the design of her house as not-ideal
and simply wishes to create an ephemeral "ideal moment". It
should offer the visitors options for a subjective interpretation, however
no prefabricated solutions. In simple terms: everyone who enters the house
will perceive different elements as ideal and allow himself to be inspired
by them. The basic principle is the open design of living room, bedroom
or dining room which the observer can fill out according to his own wishes.
A principle which is intended to fulfil a communicative function: as a result of the open design of the various levels, the interaction of the residents is not only encouraged, but is a genuine necessity. On cable lines every imaginable object - or even the people themselves - can be moved from one level to another. "Hey, send the bottle down to me", already reverberates through the house in Urquiola's imagination. A flair like that on the afore-mentioned scaffolding.