When attending The Hive last weekend, I spent some extra time in Berlin and visited the Werner Aisslinger exhibit Home of the Future. I knew him as a furniture designer, have admired his Loftcube (who doesn’t?), his last design for Moroso, the Bikini Island in Milan (min.1:05-08) later in April, but didn’t know his many facets in the field of industrial design and architecture.
Das Haus am Waldsee which is a place for art and culture and famous for its changing exhibitions, has devoted all its attention to Aisslinger being this his first exhibition ever in an institution. I have loved the house itself as much as Aisslinger’s work. The surroundings and the lake behind are so beautiful.
Aisslinger has fitted the house with a patchwork dress made of high-end furniture fabrics and parked his sports car right in front of it. He brings up the question of how we will live and work tomorrow.
Today’s patchwork families have different demands than communities of the past and this also affects their habitats. At the same time, new materials and trends have emerged and are being used in the car industry and the life sciences.
In this exhibition, he answers to questions of how we will cook, communicate, rest, work and think tomorrow.
This kitchen laboratory is designed as a site of food production or kitchen farming. Food is produced instead of processed, mushrooms are harvested from coffee grounds and fish excrement fertilizes a vegetable garden – all of it in a greenhouse-like shelf biotope.
After the removal of the metal corset, an unique chair that has been growing steadily inside, is been revealed at this chair farm. Looks a bit Sci Fi, right? But I’d love the idea of growing a chair myself. And a table. And a stool. How about a bench?
And what about these honeycombs landscape as a place designed as a hide-away and mind reset? Most of the time, his objects emerge from a displacement or transfer of materials and worked out by hand, before it is eventually passed into serial production. He might do the honey comb spaces a little smaller though:-)
Water resistant textiles catch mist and convey a new sense of bathroom culture. I have never seen such an airy bathing space. You?
Biological structures, sustainability and practical aspects are key in his “Home of the Future”. I have been quite impressed, I thought it was beautiful and will leave you with some expressions from his loftcube, the park and beautiful lake at the back side (going back to the present:-)