Category Archives: Design

I AM LIVING AND FEELING IT

Artist talk: Sanna Pelliccioni (Finland)

We first stumbled on the joyful design of Bombo at Scandinavian Deko blog and became curious about the work and the designer behind it. Today we’ve learned that Bombo means bumblebee (in italian) and is designed by Sanna Pelliccioni, a Finnish illustrator a graphic designer. The latest collection “OMA PERHE – MY FAMILY” is a praise for magical childhood — and was born out of need to widen the idea of a family from the traditional one to all possible forms of families. As the designer herself puts it:

“Isolated Finland of my grandmother’s time is changing to a joyful and open-minded place where new ways of life are greeted with joy”

Read our latest artist talk with Sanna Pelliccioni here 

Photograph belong to Sanna Pelliccioni

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ARTIST DISCOVERY #6

Graphic designer: Regína María Rourke (Iceland)

Over a cup of coffee in Reykjavik last winter — my friend told me about her artist friend in New York. My friend´s friend — Regína María Rourke — is in fact an amazingly talented graphic designer. She re-appropriates both original and found images, re-balances and restructures it into a totally new artwork.

Photograohs belong to Regína María Rourke

Actually, I don´t know anything about the artist but her stunning artwork where catchy enough to caught my attention and make me more curious about her.

Happy Monday everyone!

Artist: Regína María Rourke 

Place: New York

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PAVILION FOR REVOLUTIONARY FREE SPEECH

Vernissage: 25th of May 2012, Kunsthall Charlottenborg (Copenhagen)

This exhibition, a major installation by German artist Thomas Kilpper was originally created for the group exhibition Speech Matters at the Danish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The work took the form of a raised wooden platform attached to the exhibition building and into the wooden floor where the artist carved 33 portraits of leading figures around the world. These are the people Kilpper believes have been directly or indirectly responsible for promoting censorship, social exclusion or intolerance. His main focus is freedom of speech and censorship, but which is also extended to the freedom of travel and migration.

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Kilpper said that doing the printing of woodcarving technic forces you to go slowly, through the need to cut into this material — the block of wood — before you are able to make a print from the wooden template as opposed to the digital printing which pretty much sums up of the current lifestyle with its extremely accelerated levels of production and consumption.

In Charlottenborg the visitor can stand on the floor between the negative images in the matrix, whilst seeing the positive counterpoint of these images in the actual prints installed in the space and be presented with the choice to chart between these positions.

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Photographs by Amir Zainorin

Thomas Kilpper was born in 1956 in Stuttgart and lives and works in Berlin. He was trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main. His work has consistently investigated the relationship between history, politics and collective memory, often taking the form of large-scale site-specific installations and floor carvings. Kilpper has exhibited both across Europe and America and has since 2006 run the Berlin-based project space After The Butcher.

Date: 25th of May – 5th of August 2012

Artist: Thomas Klipper

Place: Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2, Copenhagen

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KONSTFACK SPRING EXHIBITION ’12

Vernissage: 16th of May 2012, Konstfack (Stockholm)

A glimpse in photographs from the opening of the spring exhibition at Konstfack last Wednesday. The exhibition is open until Sunday 27th of May. Stay tuned for more photographs and interviews!

 Live show & performance by Dyke Hard

“The ceremony” by Tobias Larsson

“I wasn’t allowed to wear black” by Liv Pettersson

“Lugnt, Stillsamt, Vackert” by Julia Dalgren

“PATTERN ATTACK” by Lisa Dalenius

“Smara” by Emma Persson

“Girls Club” by Karin Kakan Hermansson

“Happy meal” by Supawan Sihapoompichit

Work by Ida Bentinger

“Extensions, retractions, and missing parts” by Bianca Niabuco

“Ramené” by Emilie Florin

Work by Yusi-Chen

Work by Jonna Fransson

Photographs by Konsthopp

You can check out Konstfack´s 2011 exhibition here and here!

Artists: Newly graduates with Bachelor and Master degrees from Konstfack

Date: 16th – 27th of May 2012

Place: Konstfack, Telefonplan, Stockholm

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IMAGINATION WITHOUT BORDERS

Closed: 21st of April – 6th of May 2012, Hafnarhúsið (Reykjavik)

Students from the departments of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, exhibited their graduate projects at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús, earlier this month. The exhibition is usually impressive and this year was no exception.

Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Washing machine, washing the Icelandic flag ; super-sized swing ; cloud machine ; gramophone (Jónófón) in new costume — the imagination was prevailing at every turn at Hafnarhúsið and wholly without any borders.

Cheers everyone!

Date: 21st of April – 6th of April 2012

Artists: Graduation students from Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Department

Place: Hafnarhúsið, Tryggvagötu 27, Reykjavik

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UGLYCUTE

Date: 18th of February – 13th of May 2012, Marabouparken (Stockholm)

Colorcube (2008) by Uglycute

The art and design group Uglycute (Markus Degerman, Andreas Nobel, Jonas Nobel & Fredrik Stenberg) began their collaboration in 1999. The team-up was a reaction against the Swedish design climate at the time as the group used craft and design to discuss taste, quality, class, gender and politics. Their activities have branched out into the Swedish and international art and design worlds through objects, exhibition architecture, interior design and teaching.

Speakers for Cheap Monday (2010) by Uglycute

Between 18th of February – 13th of May, Marabouparken is exhibiting a collection of Uglycute’s work and practices. Through the 500 m2 gallery the work is presented as a labyrinth of transparent metal cages, were the audience is able to walk around the space, which feels like a three-dimensional archive over Uglycute’s methods seen through objects, furniture, interiors, films and educational practices.

In the exhibition catalogue it says:

According to Uglycute, their practice takes place between art, design and architecture. The goal is to expand the notion of design by cross-fertilizing it with the members’ different professions and by analyzing the effects of design on society not only through their own practice, but also through writing, teaching, and organizing workshops. In Uglycute’s quest for new approaches to material, beauty, economy and collaboration, they developed their characteristic uglycute “look” whereby furniture, objects and interiors are created out of chipboard, styrofoam and clay.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Even if the goal has been a renewal of design, much of Uglycute’s work and discussions have taken place in the art world. One reason why this has been the case could be because the art world provides a place for criticism and self-reflection. The exhibition is inspiring and brings to the front the role that the art space can play for the important political and social debate in the discussion about form and design.

You can read the Uglycute catalogue online by clicking here!

Date: 18th of February – 13th of May 2012

Uglycute: Markus Degerman (artist), Andreas Nobel (interior designer), Jonas Nobel (artist) & Fredrik Stenberg (architect)

Place: Marabouparken, Löfströmsvägen 8, Sundbyberg (Stockholm)

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THE HIDDEN SECRETS OF CREATIVE MINDS

Net stroll: 4th of April 2012, Hvass & Hannibal (Denmark)

Hvass & Hannibal is a Copenhagen based multi-disciplinary arts and design studio founded in 2006 by Nan Na Hvass and Sofie Hannibal. Their work is highly imaginative as it creates alternate environments featuring multitudes of patterns paired with geometric shapes, colorful forms and enchanting creatures.

In 2010, the design duo were invited to visit LAFA, Luxun Academy of Fine Arts — one of the top art academies in China. These colorful and resourceful work are the result of their one-week workshop with 80 undergraduate students from the school.

Photographs are taken from Hvass & Hannibal website

The dynamic duo designed an event — based on the concept of the meal. Or as they have described:

” … Considering the cultural diversity in table setting and culinary traditions, we felt that the meal as a theme could serve as a huge resource of visual inspiration: Anywhere in the world, visual presentation of food is an important part of serving a meal – both with regards to the food itself but also to the decoration of the table. We asked the students to let go of convention and imagine what a meal can be. So the assignment was to create a plate of food made out of only paper. The result was a huge paper dinner feast at a table with seats for all 80. A banquet meant to mimic the symbolic meals we know from milestones in life and in history …”

Read the full description here!

Although their roots are in illustration, Hvass & Hannibal does not only creates illustrations and graphics. They absorb in assorted mediums; ranging from three-dimensional work, interior and set design — to intricate artworks made up of varied materials.

I encourage all of you to dig deeper into the hidden secret world of these creative souls!

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