Finding one's place as a young designer is no easy task. And finding an opportunity to showcase your work in order to build your network and move forward is even more so. The new generation of designers, from an international point of view, has therefore decided to take matters into their own hands and become the gallery owners of their work... Discover Ukurant Objects, a new creative exhibition with great potential, which took place from September 3rd to 5th in Copenhagen (two-week extension), during 3daysofdesign.
In Danish, Ukurant means something out of the ordinary. A perfect name for this exhibition off the beaten track. Nowadays, designers no longer wait to be represented, sold and invited to exhibit their work. The new generation is proactive, organizing its own events, self-representing itself and going out to meet the market and collectors before they even hear of them.
The four founding designers of Ukurant - Lærke Ryom, Kamma Rosa Schytte, Kasper Kyster and Josefine Krabbe Munck - have quite simply given substance to their own post-graduate questions about the place of the designer in this world as well as that of artistic design, which is less well qualified, sought after and welcomed.
It is through a selection of 20 exclusive pieces that this newly formed design community tends to challenge the common understanding of commercial design. Wishing to reduce design to a functional, sculptural and narrative value, the selected pieces do not distinguish between commercial and artistic dimensions.
Because it's more than just an exhibition for a while, Ukurant wishes to become a network of young designers exchanging experiences and skills so that everyone can enrich their own practice, and thus present design as a community of know-how.
Ukurant presents the original pieces of
Alexander Kirkeby - Anders Olof Nyberg - Anna Søgaard - Christian & Jade - Bonnie Hvillum - Bjarke Ballisager - Ida Elke - Felicia Arvid - Davide Ronco - Esben Kaldahl - Josefine Krabbe Munck & Simone Øster - Kamma Rosa Schytte - Kasper Kyster - Margarida Lopes Pereira - Lærke Ryom - Sia Hurtigkarl Degel & Pia Angela Rasmussen - Otto Engelhardt - Sisse Holst Pedersen - Therese Hald Boesen - Tronhjem Rømer
Danish designer Alexander Kirkeby has imagined a delicate collection of glass objects that seem to tremble and sag as visitors pass by...
Anders Nyberg presented a metal side table with such a minimalist design that it could perfectly evolve into a stool or pedestal.
As surprising as it might seem, these fine wooden sculptures are nevertheless the components of an ingenious storage system that lets you see your favorite objects, imagined by Anna Søgaard and Anders Nyberg.
Bjarke Ballisager presented a modular wooden system whose interlocking system allows it to be adapted to the needs of a space. Space saving and minimalism guaranteed.
Exploring the interaction between human, material and form, Bonnie Hvillum developed Foame, a charcoal composite and biodegradable foam whose solid appearance is compensated by a certain softness and sitting comfort.
Previously discovered at the 2020 edition of Collectible, the design duo Christian + Jade chose to exhibit their incredible Smoke Cloud Chandelier.
Ukurant also presents the work of Davide Ronco and her collection Artificial Formations, this is made of concrete and treated to obtain an organic, natural-looking surface.
Esben Kaldahl is a young designer also taking part in the exhibition Ukurant, by presenting his vase series called Tales of Fetishism, which is a ceramic collection that represents different aspects of human devotion to objects.
Keops, by Felicia Arvid, is a room divider system made of wool panels with strong sculptural identity.
As usual, Ida Elke has been working on a series of handmade objects - composite material between clay and beeswax - in ongoing reflection observe how we connect to objects and the influence they have on our consciousness. Vases are therefore characterized by the groping of the hand and the reactivity of the clay, more than the intention of the form.
Man Up! is a project that is part of a broader concept of virility and its stereotypes. On the occasion of the exhibition, young female designers Josefine Krabbe Munck and Simone Øster presented one of their pieces alluding to the Roman toilets, pillory, prison bars, defying the Man and the spectator to make one feel exposed and vulnerable.
Kamma Rosa Schytte, one of Ukurant co-founders, presented her chair Sway, made in fiberglass, a global reflection on the movement, and the principle of dynamics, which are here infused into a base whose manufacturing process and the fine-tuning of the shape was in constant evolution.
Inspired by the Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen as a high place for meetings and social interactions, the designer Kasper Kyster imagined the bench Atlas. Either a modular and adaptable seating system according to needs. Its inverted shapes between the pillars and the seat fit together perfectly, creating a graphic pattern between light and shadow.
Laerke Ryom - also co-founder of Ukurant - has created a series of sculptures inspired by the Wadden Sea where the tidal narrative of passing time reveals the reality of today's climate change. The organic shape of the fiberglass sculpture echoes the size of the human body and reflects the ever-changing nature that surrounds us.
Margarida Lopes Pereira uses the basket weaving technique to highlight an unconventional and not very coveted material: recycled foam. In this way, the designer allows it to become a major element of ceramic sculptures, reviving its value.
Otto Engelhardt has imagined a singular stool, whose shape is modular with different possible arrangements. The blocks are light enough to be handled manually and can be efficiently transported and assembled/disassembled by the user. In addition, with Build a Brutal Bench, the designer offers a new approach to concrete seating - often monolithic and gray - bringing a sculptural, transparent and colourful design.
Fellah is a hollow wicker stool for storage and various seeding levels. Designed by the duo of designers Pia Angela Rasmussen and Sia Hurtigkarl Degel, these objects, which can only be one, are inspired by the often visualized silhouettes of the women farmers of ancient Egypt wearing large rounded earthenware on their heads. The project is carried out in collaboration with local Egyptian artisans and aims to translate the culture of ancient Egypt into contemporary design.
The form of Lion-Foot by Sisse Holst Pedersen, just like its siblings in the same series, refers to both classical sculptural fine art and the field of design, with its strangely familiar shape and the organic texture of hand-made clay. This piece was created as part of the exploration of spirits in everyday objects, inspired by ancient Japanese folklore.
The designer Therese Hald Boesen explores here our feelings - negatives - face to the metal and the real sensations that the material produces when in contact with the body. The seat and backrest create a soft and bouncy experience thanks to the construction principle, with slats that allow for inherent flexibility. This piece is also a tribute to the Danish tradition of minimalist and functional furniture.
Tronhjem Rømer, for Ukurant, studied the interaction between the visitor, the space, and the surface as a sensory experience. Thanks to folded paper, switching from 2D to 3D that allows the material to be transformed, bringing light and shadow, allowing the pattern to be perceived from a new point of view. Also, the pattern evolves according to the point of view from which it is observed.
3daysofdesign, Ukurant Objects
Frederiksgade 1, Copenhagen
- Extension to mid-September 2020 -
Photographs by Peter William and exhibition design by Emil Klitgaard
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