At the upcoming Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition, Dutch designer Niek Pulles is going to showcase his interpretations of ten Danish furniture pieces. We have asked him about inspirations, good design and how Dutch and Danish design can affect each other.
Growing up in the Netherlands, Niek Pulles was, in his own words, only good at two subjects in school: art class and sports. He chose the creative path and graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2009. Since then, he has been focused on the boundaries between product design and fashion while investigating the interaction between body and material through his work.
“My biggest inspirations are humans, animals and bodies. My fascination with the body started at a young age, and vehicles are also a great interest of mine; I used to draw cars everyday – sometimes only a line of car grills, because they reminded me of faces/characters”, says Pulles.
Getting his energy from creating, and experimenting with everything, Pulles believes good design is like good music – when you hear something great for the first time and then cannot stop playing it.
“Good design should ignite your emotions and feelings the first time you see it. The element of surprise and a sexual combination of form and colour – it is like falling in love”, he says.
And when it comes to Danish design, Pulles merely has positive words to express. He believes that Danish design is very well crafted, sophisticated and pays a lot of attention to detail. Believing Danish design is sensual, elegant and sometimes, in a very subtle way, provocative, Pulles states that Dutch and Danish design can affect each other in a good way.
“I think it is a perfect relationship – love at first sight. They (Dutch and Danish design edt.) are both very playful and love to experiment, but in a totally different way. I think they can affect each other with humour, serene experiments and combining it with a grave approach, making each other sexier and funnier in a sophisticated way – double DD!” says Pulles, who is looking forward to seeing people’s reaction, when he exhibits at Re-Framing Danish Design.
The theme of his exhibition will be concentrated on zooming in on the human body and searching for cultural crossovers. Examining the close relation to objects, Pulles stated in an interview with Frame magazine that his exhibition will be “a rough ride on sexuality, aesthetics, imperfections and coincidences”.
The Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition will coincide with 3 Days of Design and take place at The Silo from 28–30 May.
The Silo – By & Havn