Designing furniture for production and unique exhibitions are often seen as two very different things, but for Troels Grum-Schwensen it’s all about space, architecture and context
The Danish design studio GRUMDESIGN Troels Grum-Schwensen primarily works with furniture design and other design areas related to the architectural space, such as interior design, exhibitions and buildings.
“Working with a vast variety of projects in many different scales, one thing always comes into play when designing a new piece of furniture – you need to focus on the room, the space and the place in which it is meant to be situated,” says Troels Grum-Schwensen.
Even when it comes to hardcore industrial furniture design, Troels thinks a lot about the coming spatial possibilities with the object.
For the extremely (space-)adaptable ATTACH table system, Troels Grum-Schwensen won four design awards within one year of its launch. The latest in 2017 was the IF-award.
The ATTACH table system, designed for LAMMHULTS, is a production design that uses gravity to stabilise the table. No tools are needed to mount the legs, and they can be repositioned, depending on the need.
Creating Unique Pieces of Furniture
GRUMDESIGN Troels Grum-Schwensen is currently exhibiting, at Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen, with two unique pieces of furniture for MONO, The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn exhibition, from 2ndNovember until 9thDecember.
One of the pieces, for the MONO exhibition, is the RUM (Danish for Space) chair – it is made of seventeen identical pieces that form the chair.
The other unique piece is called BLOK and gives the impression of being cut out from a solid block of wood.
Understanding the Space
Whether it’s about architecture or design, it is significant for Troels Grum-Schwensen that, with everything he gets involved in, the concept of spatiality is central in his process. The contention is that a piece of furniture should either contradict or complement the existing space or room and, by doing so, have a constructive dialogue with its surroundings. He explains:
“The goal is to optimise idea, function, construction and expression from a greater architectonic coherence down to the most minor detail.”
Read the article “Architectonic Approach in the Design Distillery” if you want to know more about Troels Grum-Schwensen and his perception of architecture and design.