commissioned by airbnb, belgian design duo muller van severen are offering an intimate exploration of their shared home during design miami/ 2017 in more ways than one. not only has the pair recreated their living room with ‘a wild thing’ in miami, a precise replica including furniture, artworks, books and other objects, but their original home in ghent has been listed on airbnb.

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‘a wild thing’ by muller van severen runs from 6-10 december on miami beach
all images © airbnb

 

 

a wild thing‘, the space at design miami/, has been created as a ‘home away from home’ – a special opportunity for visitors to experience how they live. interactive lightboxes with recorded scenes from their living room windows transport visitors to their home in belgium with the intention of sharing deeper meanings for treasured objects the designers possess.

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the space is a replica of the belgian design duo’s orginal home in ghent

 

 

exploring the relationship between guest and hosts, and the role objects play in connecting the dots, the space is filled with personal anecdotes from fien and hannes. a painting by hannes’ grandfather, noted artist dan van severen, is juxtaposed with a chair made by the couple’s young daughter. ambient sounds of the fireplace surround sculptures, important books and other artwork, the space throughout, playing on the contrast between high design and sentimental keepsakes.

airbnb muller van severen a wild thing design miami
the pair are offering an intimate exploration of their shared home

 

 

meanwhile, back in belgium, guests are able to experience the original. a night in the couple’s evergem home, near ghent costs €200 per night – via airbnb – and gives design enthusiasts the chance to live among artworks and design pieces by the couple.

airbnb muller van severen a wild thing design miami
the replica includes furniture, artworks, books and other objects

 

 

the installation aims to conjure an understanding of muller van severen’s family stories, daily routines, personal style, and network of friends, creating the essence of home and homecoming in a public space. it makes up part of airbnb’s mission to curate creative talent from around the world.

 

‘a wild thing’ by muller van severen runs from 6-10 december at design miami, meridian avenue & 19th street, miami beach.

airbnb muller van severen a wild thing design miami
the commission explores the relationship between guest and hosts, and the role objects play in connecting the dots

 

airbnb muller van severen a wild thing design miami
the space is filled with personal anecdotes from fien and hannes including a painting by hannes’ grandfather

 

airbnb muller van severen a wild thing design miami
ambient sounds of the fireplace surround sculptures, important books and other artwork

 

airbnb muller van severen a wild thing design miami
a chair made by the couple’s young daughter is included in the contrast between high design and sentimental keepsakes

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