In recent years, Vitra has enlisted the help of Raw-Edges, Ilse Crawford and India Mahdavi to redesign the VitraHaus loft in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and this year New York- and Los Angeles-based Charlap Hyman & Herrero took the reins and reimagined the space as a “lush landscape for living indoors.” With much of the world encouraged to stay inside during the pandemic, the design firm brought the outdoors in to create a surreal escape that plays on “the tensions between inside and outside, public and private, old and new, modernity and adornment, uncanny and real.” The vibrant loft is grounded in shades of moss green and sky blue with a variety of designs incorporated throughout that give nod to art, films, characters, books and places that intrigue the designers.
While the design firm is American, they carefully curated a mix of furnishings from around the world that come together to inspire and create a dream-like home that’s both playful and thoughtful.
Film, in particular, played a significant role in the inspiration behind the design with the casual nature of furniture and art placement being inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s trilogy L’Avventura, La Notte and L’Eclisse. The trio of shell lights hovering over the dining table reference Luchino Visconti’s Ludwig II and its grotto scene.
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Photos by Clemens Poloczek.