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ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Based just outside of Aarhus, Denmark, the work of designer/maker Stine Mikkelsen explores the emotional resonance objects can have within our daily lives. In-tangibles presents three hand formed items created from crushed stone and natural glue, with their shapes inspired by rarely used, yet emotionally significant family keepsakes – a candy bowl, a brooch and a sleigh bell. Whilst Mikkelsen is attracted to the idea of minimal living – one focused around objects of use and need, the series delves into our deep connection with objects because of unknown factors, hence the title of the series, In-tangibles.
Material and dimensions:
Crushed stone, natural glue / fish glue.
In-tangible #1 (Yellow), 34.5 x 22.5 x 15cm
In-tangible #2 (Red), 40 x 13.5 x 40cm
In-tangible #3 (White), 30.5 x 5 x 100.5cm
All unique pieces.
Anders Sune Berg
The starting point for this series of objects titled In-tangibles began as Mikkelsen and her partner moved across the country, re-evaluating their daily possessions – what is wanted, needed and important to their functional daily lives. Whilst bringing old and much-loved items into a new space, they found a selection of objects that did not contain a high aesthetic value, yet held an emotional significance to them. Mikkelsen’s grandmother’s brooch, a sleigh bell passed down through her father’s family, along with her great-grandmother’s candy bowl. They are objects that remain in the couple’s possession, yet are tucked away from public view. Mikkelsen has lovingly given new life to these objects – hand formed from crushed stone and natural glues, their deep colours and tactile surfaces mix with sculptural forms inspired by the three family heirlooms. The series is a unique look into how objects passed down through generations can be transformed and re-interpreted to provide new relevance within contemporary living environments.
Designer, born 1988.
Trained as a textile designer, Danish designer/maker Stine Mikkelsen has kept a love for hands-on, tactile forms whilst delving into alternative practices far removed from her area of study. Since graduating in 2017, she has turned her attention to sculptural objects that intend to re-interpret and study daily functional items. These objects combine a sculptural interpretation of form with material innovations and research. Crushed stone and marble, recycled fabrics and natural glues are combined to make environmentally considered objects and products. Her unique approach melds craft and design, with research-based experimentation – resulting in sophisticated and developed design objects.
2017: MA, Textile Design, Kolding School of Design, Denmark.
2015: 1st year, MA Contextual Design, Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2014: 1st year, MA Knitted Textiles, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2013: BA Textile Design, Kolding School of Design, Denmark
GRANTS AND HONOURS:
2020: Nominee, Designer of the Year, Nova Award, Formex, Sweden.
2020: Project Grant, Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark.
2019: Newcomer Award, Design Awards, Denmark.
2019: Project Grant, The Danish National Bank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, Denmark.
2018: Ein & Zwanzig Award, Germany.
2020: London Design Fair, London, England.
2019: Collectible Design Fair, Brussels, Belgium.
2019: The Art of Sitting, TOOLSGALERIE, Paris, France.
2018: The Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition, Thorvaldsens Museum, Denmark.
2018: Dutch Invertuals, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
2018: Mint Shop, London Design Fair, England.
2018: Paris Design Week, Paris, France.
2018: REform Design Biennale, Munkeruphus, Denmark.
2018: Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy.