We went to the Salone del Mobile design week in Milan last week, and spotted all the great Danish design. We give you our Danish design tour de force of the design districts Brera and Ventura Lambrate, as well as from the fair.
A true highlight was the MINDCRAFT15 exhibition, which was curated by the Danish/Italian design duo GamFratesi in a beautiful old abbey Chiostro Minore, di San Simpliciano. The duo has been among the selected participants in MINDCRAFT twice; however, this year they were in charge of selecting the craftspeople and designers to be included in the exhibition. Well-known Danish designers, such as Louise Campell, Cecilie Manz, Henrik Vibskov and Ole Jensen, were among the selected designers for the exhibition.
We were not the only ones who enjoyed the exhibition, as it won the prestigious Milano Design Award in the category ‘Menzione Speciale’. Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi had turned the floor of the courtyard into one big, mirrored arena with black cages on top enclosing the different pieces. Well done!
Fritz Hansen invited the visitors home. Its showroom had been converted into a luxurious apartment, complete with bedroom, kitchen, office and a cosy reading nook. We would move in in a heartbeat.
Wallpaper* Handmade is always worth a visit, as was it this year in a new location. The Danish brand Skagen had collaborated with Koichi Futatsumata to create a huge serving board ‘Hygge’, which was a round space you could walk into.
The Danish Architecture and Design Schools also had great design to offer. KADK’s (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation) exhibition ‘NØW!’ had an impressive display measuring 3 x 3 x 10 metres, which students from Spatial Design, Perception and Detail created in collaboration with Danish architect Dorte Mandrup. The furniture students created seating out of rattan. Among our favourites was ‘The Otto Series’ made by Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen.
Many beautiful lamps designed by architectural lighting design students were also a part of the exhibition; we really liked ‘Virvar’ by Maria Cramer Møller and ‘Vary – A versatile luminaire’ by Sarah Fredelund.
Before going to Milan we highlighted the Cocoon, which is a part of the exhibition ‘Engaging Through Architecture’ by AAA (Aarhus School of Architecture). It is a reconstruction of a digitally generated pavilion and it was truly breathtaking live. AAA’s exhibition took over space from MINDCRAFT. It occupied two storeys, and in the basement you could play music on the installation ‘Play the Strings’, which is an interactive musical instrument created for the exhibition space. It was produced as a collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and it is a graduation project designed by Troels Thorbjørnson and Kasper Baarup.
Design School Kolding displayed ‘The Tube’ this year based on the theme of the table under the title ‘Honey, we need to talk!’ One of the students, Ditte Blohm, collaborated with ECCO to create ‘Walk with me’, which was a great success in our opinion. The installation visualises what no one else sees: interaction. The more you concentrate the more light passes through the rings.
Salone del Mobile
When we visited the fair, our eyes popped when we saw Carl Hansen & Son’s stand. It was done as a complete home over two floors with the rooms each representing a city, one of which, of course, was Copenhagen.
The universe of Verpan was also quite alluring with all the colours, thick textiles and iconic lamps. As Verner Panton once said: “You sit better in a chair whose colour you love.” We felt like we had entered a cool nightclub, and could have sat in all of the different coloured chairs for hours but unfortunately we could not stay.
The big Danish brand co-operation is Danish Livingroom, which we also mentioned on our must-see list. This year, it is curated by Tine Mouritsen and gathered both new and established brands, a total of 20 companies, all in one place. What is not to like about that! Tine managed to portray all the different rooms we live in. A trend that both she, Carl Hansen & Son and Fritz Hansen embraced this year.