For the fourth time the Danish association for the support of craft and design will present a selection of works during the Salone del Mobile in Milan. This year the Copenhagen based designer takes over from Karen Kjærgaard, who curated and designed the three previous exhibitions.
“”MINDCRAFT11 will be based on the terms that I consider eternal and essential in relation to quality craft and design: Quality, Functionality, Materiality”, Ceclie Manz explains – principles that we can actually see in this year’s selection and in her own works, too.
‘Tool Boxes’ by Line Depping is a very simple chest of drawers based on a metal frame and a number of solid wooden drawers. “Each of the boxes is designed as an independent tray that can be pulled out to either side or pulled out completely and placed on top. The top drawer is open and also forms the top of the piece.”
‘Cellular Chair’ by Mathias Bengtsson is the result of experiments with a new medical technology.
“The chair relies on the same principle as bone tissue, which consists of an airy cellular structure providing a construction which is both strong and light. Cellular Chair has a pre-programmed exterior shape, but the interior geometric cell structure is unique”, the designer explains.
‘The Outsider / The Insider’ is a study by benandsebastian. It is composed of a slender, cast concrete chair – ‘The Insider’ and its mould ‘The Outsider’ in which ‘The Insider’ was cast.
“‘The Outsider / The Insider’ invites us to reflect on the complexity and energy invested in achieving an appearance of simplicity. Although the construction industry traditionally expends considerable resources on materials for shuttering and its construction, the moulds are typically discarded as waste products after use. In ‘The Outsider / The Insider’ benandsebastian seek to exploit the potential of the shuttering moulds by experimentally viewing the moulds as the end-product.”
‘Mther of Pearl’ is a hand rpinted textxile by the Danish textile deisgner Louise Sass.
A rather hand-tight design object is the ‘Haiku Sofa’ by Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi / GamFratesi. It was inspired by haiku, a traditional, compact and evocative form of Japanese poetry.
“…with the level of quality our grandparents demanded” – an interview with Cecilie Manz @ Architonic
more about the MINDCRAFT exhibition