We continue our brief overview of the Danish contribution to the annual design fair in Milan, Salone del Mobile. The fair is held on 14–19 April and both Denmark’s architect schools are represented at the Ventura Lambrate exhibition space.
By presenting architecture projects and experimental building elements in full-size scale, Aarhus School of Architecture will be illustrating the theme ‘Engaging Through Architecture’. Among the projects is Cocoon, which is a reconstruction of a digitally generated bamboo pavilion, which students from Aarhus School of Architecture recently designed and built in India together with Indian architecture students and local craftsmen.
Another project is discussing how abandoned housing, despite loss of function, still plays a role for local communities by means of cultural values and tales. In addition to these two projects, Aarhus School of Architecture is showcasing new examples of digital manufacturing, architecture installations with light and sound as well as building elements in full-size scale.
“Exhibiting in Ventura Lambrate is an opportunity for our students to present their works and meet the professional design scene face to face. This year we will bring architecture and architectural challenges like Sustainability, Habitation and Transformation to Ventura Lambrate”, says Torben Nielsen, Rector Aarhus School of Architecture.
Architecture and design students and graduates from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen will also participate in the fair. The students will present study projects and recent graduate designers will exhibit a range of finished designs.
The exhibition “NØW” extends from outdoor to the indoor within the exhibition space. The students and recent graduates will exhibit a wide, Danish take on what architecture, design, light and furniture is all about in 2015.
45 students have designed student projects specifically for the fair. These student projects welcome visitors outside the exhibition space, while 36 works from recent graduate designers are on display inside. The exhibition will include everything from game design, prosthetics for children and a wheelchair that can be mounted on skis as well as new banknotes and flexible LED lightning.
“We need design and designers who can transform visions, abstract strategies and ideas into practice – and we need designers to create solutions that create meaning for people and influence the way we act and interact in the future. In the exhibition at Ventura Lambrate, it is our intention to show what goes on here and now at the School of Design. How better to present the scope of what we are capable of than to hear what some of our recent graduates have to say”, says Tine Kjølsen, Head of School of Design at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation.