Todd Bracher: When imm cologne invited me, I told them: Don’t expect me to make a bed with small tables next to it on each side and a small lamp on those small tables and a painting over the bed; I don’t think that way. They agreed, so I give them a lot of credit for deciding to take on this experiment.
DAMN°: Is this how you came-up with the three interlinked spaces being Hygiene, Resting, and Sustenance?
This is why we have designed this Sustenance room as a place for body, soul, and mind – through food, memorabilia, and informative objects like birds, instead of books about birds. The Resting room should not just be the bedroom but also a place to daydream, meditate, or think, and we have furniture for these modes of rest. Hygiene is still very personal, but I love the idea of taking a shower outside and making it part of our daily ritual to reconnect with nature.
TB: Definitely. It is a commentary; it’s not perfectly resolved. There’s nowhere to put your boots or do your washing, for instance, and there’s hardly any furniture. My point is: when is enough enough? We have to find a way to add less. I am trying to find something that is meaningful again, trying to push back by saying that I don’t want to have five televisions, five sofas, three cars. I don’t need all of this, so can we just have what is really meaningful? Can we can we somehow consider everything we have in our lives and be happy with that?
DAS HAUS Koelnmesse, Hall 2.2