During the design of the new Personal Spaces collection for MD House, the designers of Lievore + Altherr Désile Park, ruga.perissinotto and Sciuto Architetti found themselves reflecting on the concept of living space and new needs in living the house.
In this urban age, we are all looking for spaces to call our own. More than half the population of the world lives in an urban environment, and the numbers are steadily increasing. The demand for housing has led to an increase in prices, and the cost of living has risen to an extent inversely proportional to the square metres available to us. But this does not mean that we have renounced the quality of spaces. On the contrary, we have begun to recognise their importance, shaping them to suit ourselves. And in homes, which today more than ever are our havens, places where the ritual of our existence takes place, we have also been able to rethink communal spaces, and share them. From gardens to laundry rooms, we have started to call our own only what is precious and really belongs to us – our bedroom, our living room.
The home is our refuge, the place where we can be ourselves, where we cherish our affections. It is a micro-universe conceived and designed in our image and according to our needs: just as no two people are the same, no two houses are the same. Even if we share the same tastes and style, spaces will always be enjoyed in a totally personal way. Do we have more books or more CDs? Do we prefer to cook for friends or invite them out to dinner? And when our work is done, do we relax in the living room or in the bedroom? Our needs change and we cannot even imagine how much more they will change. We therefore choose fluid spaces that can combine various functions: spaces that adapt to us, not vice versa.