Curated by GamFratesi and organised by the Danish Arts Foundation and the Agency for Culture and Palaces, the exhibition was shown first in Milan in April. There are works here from 17 designers or design studios and the pieces shown are primarily but not exclusively one-off works that demonstrate not only a very high level of craftsmanship but primarily explores the boundaries we impose between craftsmanship, product design and art.
For many people, crafts and the work of makers implies the production of something utilitarian and is only different from product design in that the pieces are made by hand and in much smaller numbers than commercial or industrial ‘mass’ production.
Of course that is not true … this exhibition above all tries to focus on the imagination and on the intellectual process of design … the balance between understanding the materials and the techniques to be used but then wanting to push the boundaries - to question, to inform, extend and develop our tastes and challenge our preconceptions about how something should look and even what we want and why and how we use objects that generally are taken for granted. It’s about alternatives and discovering new possibilities.
Anne Dorthe Vester og Maria Bruun
Christina Schou Christensen
Rosa Tolnov Clausen
Irv Johnson Music
Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt
Øivind Alexander Slaatto
Mindcraft16 - Designmuseum Danmark, Bredgade 68, Copenhagen
until 8th January 2017