A piece of art you can walk on, REUBER HENNING design SHALLOW LUNA has been adorning Berlin-based architect Arno Brandlhuber‘s anti-villa since May 2015. The former knitwear factory, set on the shore of a lake, Krampnitzsee, close to Potsdam, has been converted into a modern bulding avoiding all pomp, very much unlike the typical villa. Instead, it radiates a rough industrial charm reminiscent of the GDR era. With its watery grey and turquoise shades, the round rug mimics the lake surface while also evoking the moon, which shines in through large window holes at night: Within the villa‘s raw concrete walls and minimalistic interiors, Shallow Luna constitutes an almost natural element. However, it does not only reflect the natural surroundings, but also takes up the room‘s subtle greys, combining all of the villa‘s special characteristics, the low-key aesthetic of the raw concrete as well as its openness to nature.
The soft rug, hand-knotted in Nepal, consists of 65% Tibetan highland wool and 35% Chinese silk. With a diameter of 4.8 m, Shallow Luna was made to measure for the anti-villa and fits the spacious room perfectly, enjoying the good company of pieces by renowned artists such as Karin Sander, Anselm Reyle, Gregor Hildebrandt and Björn Dahlem. Placed in front of one of the large windows, Shallow Luna invites residents and visitors to pause and relax: Sitting on the rug is the best way to enjoy the stunning lake view – not through ordinary panoramic windows, but through large irregular holes knocked into the facade with sledgehammers, showing the bare brickwork, forming an usual frame for the views of the landcsape.
Just like Shallow Luna – perfectly adapted to the anti-villa, underscoring the nature of the building –, each REUBER HENNING rug is a unique piece of art that accentuates the ambience of the room it is placed in. The rugs are traditionally made in Nepal, with great dedication and attention to detail. REUBER HENNING attach great importance to sustainability and fair working conditions, which is why the rugs bear the Label STEP. The Swiss non-profit organisation of the same name is committed to ensuring good working and living conditions in the regions where hand-knotted rugs are made and awards its label to companies pursuing the same objective. So the luxurious REUBER HENNING creations combine superior design, traditional craftsmanship, outstanding materials and sustainable production, resulting in a unique rug, a piece of art you can walk on, a companion for life.