Five objects. Which five objects would you choose to bring with you to make yourself feel at home? Design School Kolding participates in this year’s Salone del Mobile with the exhibition “A home is a home is a home”, challenging our perception of what makes us belong.
“To travel is to live”, said renowned Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. In his time, travelling involved voluminous suitcases with lots of potential to bring things with you from home. Today, low-budget fares do not allow for more than 10 kilos without an additional charge. At the same time, a significantly greater part of the Earth’s population is on the move several times during a lifetime—some of them to live, some of them to make a living, and some of them simply to stay alive.
This inspired Design School Kolding to create an exhibition called “A home is a home is a home” for the Milan Design Week. On the basis of workshops conducted by jewellery artist Yuka Oyama, students from the Accessory Design department have designed sculptures and accessories.
“First and foremost, we wish to invite visitors to interact with us on the subject. The purpose of the exhibition is not to give answers, but to ask: “What happens with us as human beings when we’re on the move?”, “Does it change our relationship to home?”, and “What is a home?”, explains Charlotte Melin, Head of Communications at Design School Kolding.
Take a look and take part
At the exhibition in Milan you will be able to step into what resembles a massive, oversized Asian lamp made from rice paper and hear stories from three very different characters selected particularly for this occasion. Three sculptures represent and interpret each of the three individuals: a Taiwanese artist, an Israeli student, and a Danish truckdriver—all currently living in Denmark.
“The installations create a scenery that invites visitors to become spectators and participants at the same time. Our belongings do not only have a functional value; they create a sense of safety—an identity, so to speak. This is particularly the case with jewellery. A piece of jewellery can symbolise a biography of sorts; a storytelling of the person carrying it—where he or she comes from and is headed”, says Yuka Oyama.
The exhibition has its own Instagram account (@a_home_is_a_home_is_a_home) with the purpose of discussing the definition of home and the feelings this brings to the visitors:
“You could consider our exhibition a subtle encouragement for reflection, and Milan is the perfect setting for this. On the one hand, being here, you cannot help but become fascinated and intrigued by all of these beautiful objects that are on display. On the other hand, you want to ask yourself if we really need new stuff all the time—and if these objects help us feel more comfortable, more at home?”, asks Charlotte Melin.
Design School Kolding works with three strategic areas in their master’s programme—sustainability, play and social inclusion—and all three have been focal points while developing the exhibition.
Play is represented in the interactive part of the exhibition. Here, people are invited to join and play, contemplating what five objects they would bring if they “[SD3] had to choose”. Social inclusion plays a very natural role in the exhibition as everyone is welcome and because the individuals portrayed come with different backgrounds, religions, income and colour.
The exhibition also showcases how designers work. By consciously employing anthropological and psychological methods along with phases of research, conceptualisation and prototyping, designers seek to support the creation of necessary and wanted objects that will be relevant for a long time and thereby sustainable.
“Today, any new designer steps out into a world that is severely challenged by climate issues and lack of resources. This is a situation made very clear during Milan Design Week, which exposes a fascinating but also intimidating wealth of new designs. Thus, it is important that designers create objects which human beings want to hold on to”, says Josephine Winther.
The world’s biggest stage for design might not sound like the obvious venue for an educational institution. However, it is actually the perfect stepping stone for the students to start their professional career:
“As a learning process, an exhibition like this one has incredible value for the students. The process has been focused and intense. They have learned new techniques and worked with other international schools to succeed, and this is what we as a school strive for on behalf of our students”, explains Charlotte Melin, and continues:
“We continuously wish to have a collaborative dialogue with similar educational institutions abroad as well as national and international private companies in order for our students to be at the top of their game”.
“A home is a home is a home” takes place at Ventura Future, Via Tortona 54, during Milan Design Week, 9–14 April 2019.
Opening Hours: 9:30–20:00 every day except:
Follow the process on Instagram: @a_home_is_a_home_is_a_home
Artistic Director: Yuka Oyama
Head of Accessory Department: Josephine Winther
Josephine Graff Vallant (Instagram)
Anne Sonnichsen (Instagram)
Frederikke Ryhl Toft
Thora Thestrup Okkels
Eimile Zalubaite (3D digital tech)
Communications and PR: Marianne Baggesen Hilger and Head of Communications, Charlotte Melin
Visual identity/graphic design: Jacque et Brigitte
Photographer: Katrine Worsøe
Designer: Allan Schmidt
Producer: Jens Bo Thomsen
Design School Kolding wishes to thank The LEGO® Foundation, Gabriel, JX Nippon ANCI and the Municipality of Kolding