Rolf Indermühle and Mattias Mohr are the founder and partners of ZMIK, a Swiss interior design company. ZMIK exists to create unique, bold and accurate spacial environments. As a Sutdio for Spacial Design, they design spaces as well as spacial strategies and plots. ZMIK operates at the fringes of various disciplines, such as interior design, scenography, architecture, object design and installation, blending these to achieve integrated solutions to complex questions.
BIOGRAPHY: THE MEN BEFORE THE MYTH
Rolf Indermühle was born in 1978 in Bern. He studied at the Ecole Supérieur de Commerce in Neuchätel, then at the department of architecture of EPFL (Lausanne).
He begins to work with Mattias Mohr in 2002. But it was only in 2006 that the two men created ZMIK.
Mattias Mohr did his studies in Basel, in FHNW, where he studied interior design, scenography and product design. It is still in Basel that he gets his firsts work experience. He met Rolf Indermühle in 2002 and decided together, 4 years later to create ZMIK.
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Since ZMIK was created, the company masterminds projects for cultural institution and private enterprise in the fields of shops and brand environments, exhibition designs, temporary architecture and conversions. They try to focus on creating identity, individuality and communication in space. At the moment, six designers and architects constitute the team. They develop and implement the projects. A dense network of specialists helps them to complete their work, with the missing skills.
- Cornelia Vinzens
- Heike Ehlers
- Philip Struc
- Petra Eggenberger
- Magnus Zwyssig (Partner)
- Stefanie Hungerbühler
- Joanna Puszewicz
- Nina Peter
- Rolf Indermühle (Partner)
- Mattias Mohr (Partner)
Contract World Award 2011 – Nomination for “Artshop10”
Contract World Award 2010 – Nominations for “Sevensister” and “Kokon”
Designpreis Schweiz 2009 – Nomination for “Sevensisters”
MOST ICONIC PROJECT:
The «Sevensistsers» is a small gift shop for design objects. The redesign of the boutique is based upon its often changing range of products and takes advantage of its small size by using a single piece of display furniture halfway between table and shelf. The piece of furniture connects 10 single volumes to one continuous, completely white display topography balanced on shared sets of legs.
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The multitude of colorful, mostly small products are presented on the various levels of the units. The top of each unit can be opened to make room for different arrangements. The array of yellow tape at the entrance is intended to attract visitors’ attention and will be periodically renewed
BACKGROUND & REALIZATIONS
Regent Lighting Center, Zürich, 2013
On 500 m², the Regent Lighting Center Zürich is devoted entirely to the topic of “light”. Light shields made of folded and perforated sheet metal control the incident daylight without completely shielding the exterior space. Externally, the pulsating light rhombi create an appealing effect thanks to the sparkling play of light. The spatial layout leads the visitor through three different zones. The light arena welcomes the customer. The extensive light- / multi-media installation formulate questions all around the topic light. The light tunnel – a room-in-a-room box acts as corridor between the reception area and the stage. Here, the focus is put on technical aspects. The light stage with its vertically adjustable ceiling units and exchangeable grid boards allows for a customer-specific simulation of spatial and light situations. In the grid library, the grid boards in various configurations are stored.
Nafi, Basel, 2009
The redesign subdivides the space into two zones, which are separated by a sharp border. The two areas strongly contrast in their function as well as in their spacial atmosphere. The ceiling and the walls of the reception zone are entirely covered with vintage cuttings from Vogue, photocopied onto packaging paper. Opulently furnished and bathed in warm light, the reception is an invitation for a rest, for purchasing products and for discussing the newest styling-trends.
The white studio, however, is the absolute antithesis. Here nothing distracts the work of the hair stylist. The ideal light for working, the bright and glossy surfaces and the minimal furnishings create an almost clinical atmosphere and put the newly cut hairstyles into the center of attention.
Plaza, Zürich, 2010
The Plaza Cinema, built in 1923, is transformed into a two stores event location. ZMIK is designing the Kosmos Bar and Club on the upper floor. The bar is steeped in a deep green, exuding the elegant and warm ambiance of a salon from days past. The opulent furniture, a 1950’s ceiling lamp and a bar counter made from reclaimed cupboard fronts define the room.
In the Club, everything is geared towards dancing: the backlit dance floor and disco balls are dominant. A strip of corrugated iron sheeting with a racing green finish runs all around the room.
Kroon, Chandelier, 2010
Standard working lights are tied into an opulent chandelier using a star and two rings which bundle and stretch the lights. A rough and cheap industrial product contrasts with the high end polished chrome steel elements. The lights are equipped with LED-stripes. This refines the design and creates a more brilliant expression, which is mirrored and multiplied, in the polished star. The chandelier exists in two different shapes.
Schlitten, Mobile Seating, 2008
«Schlitten» combines the function of a carpet, a seating and mobility in one furniture. The felt on the floor occupies additional space around the cube. On its topside it functions as upholstery. Flipped open the felt gets a pulling handle to move to another place.
Scopidou, Lashing Table, 2008
«Scopidou» was developed as a one-off for the appearance of a gallery at the art fair ScopeBasel. The parts are held together only by lashing straps.
Take a Seat, Bar Stool, 2011
Starting point for the chair project «Take a seat» curated by Café Z am Park /Zurich are four Horgenglarus Chairs Classic 1-380. This almost 100 years old design could be named an archetype of a modern chair. We transformed them into bar stools by extending the legs with aluminum tubes – an experimental redefinition.
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