For the fourth consecutive year Danish Crafts presented MINDCRAFT during Milan Design Week – this time with a new curator and a new exhibition venue in Ventura Lambrate.
MINDCRAFT11 was curated by designer Cecilie Manz and the exhibition showed works made by some of Denmark's most talented and skillful craftspeople and designers. In her selection of the works, Cecilie Manz emphasized quality, functionality and material awareness.
The MINDCRAFT11 exhibition was on display 12-17 April 2011 in Ventura Lambrate - Milan's new design district which has become one of the most important exhibition platforms for high-quality, conceptual and pioneering design during Milan's design week.
The exhibition was supported by the Danish Ministry of Culture and sponsored by Dinesen, Kvadrat and PP Møbler.
In addition to staging MINDCRAFT11, Danish Crafts cooperated with the Danish Design Centre and the Consulate General of Denmark in Milan on a common promotion of all Danish exhibitors and companies present in Milan during the design week. The cooperation initiative was financed by The Danish Ministry of Culture, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Arts Agency.
A massive drawing machine and a chair inspired by cellular structure. From furniture and installations - to glass, ceramics and textiles. MINDCRAFT11 covers a broad range of one-off objects and products made by proficient Danish craftspeople and designers.
|The Outsider / The Insider by benandsebastian
Two interdependent chairs, a concrete cast and its formwork, uncover the complexities behind simplicity and the potential of often discarded formwork.
|Cellular Chair by Mathias Bengtsson
The chair is based on the same principle as bone tissue, which consists of an airy cellular structure providing a construction that is both strong and light.
|Conic by Thomas Bentzen
This lamp is a playful exploration of geometry and asymmetry, shadows and light, with a circle, a bar and a triangle.
|Tool Boxes by Line Depping
A piece of furniture focused on the basic function of the drawer, which is to store various kinds of tools.
|Haiku Sofa by GamFratesi
This sofa has a rigid exterior with an enclosing shape, and a much softer and intimate interior, which suggests a protective function and encourages a sense of curiosity.
|Flip Flap Fold by Margrethe Odgaard
A table runner that insists on getting up from the table and becoming a centre piece, a dramatic centre of attention for the table setting, where the decorative element radiates playfulness.
|Drawingmachine by Eske Rex
The movement of the pendulums affects the entire room. It is easy to become entranced while watching the drawing emerge, line by line.
|Mother of Pearl by Louise Sass
A one-off, hand-printed textile frieze. The work represents a transformation of form and process over a continuous length of textile.
|Macro Cubes by Bente Skjøttgaard
A demonstration of the potentials of the ceramic material. A jumble of branches growing wild, which are controlled when they are cut into cubes, as a sharp section slices through the softly modelled shapes.
|Dinnerwarevision 5 by Anne Tophøj
In this dinnerware, the focus is on the rims, which take on a varied expression by means of varying forms of impacts on the material during the form process.
|TU306 & TU206 by Tora Urup
Glassware series made from thin mouth-blown glass in five incremental sizes which can rest inside each other. Each set becomes a complex unit - a visually intriguing object which can be "unfold".
Photos: 2011 Danish Crafts /jeppegudmundsen.com
Photo Cellular Chair: 2011 Danish Crafts / Mathias Bengtsson
Photo Haiku Sofa: 2011 Danish Crafts / GamFratesi
Exhibition photo: 2011 Danish Crafts / Jule Hering