The Mindcraft Project Archive 2008–2018
“Sophisticated and visually concise staging of design and craftsmanship”
– German Design Award
The Mindcraft Project (formerly MINDCRAFT) was initiated in 2008 with the inaugural exhibition during Fuorisalone / Milan Design Week. The annually recurring exhibitions in Milan have received considerable critical acclaim throughout the years for its curated thematic content and varying participants.
The exhibitions have been a key element in a grand endeavor to elevate Danish designers and craftspeople. A common feature for all the selected participants has been their focus on quality, craftsmanship, narratives and materials. The exhibitions have covered a wide span of projects, from one-off works to prototypes ready for production.
The Mindcraft Project has led to numerous collaborations between designers and key international stakeholders throughout the years. Design-driven brands and manufacturers have spotted several new Danish designers. And leading international curators, high-profile galleries and private collectors have discovered new pieces for their collections.
MINDCRAFT18 was showcased during Milan Design Week at Chiostro Minore di San Simpliciano. The curator was Danish designer Ditte Hammerstrøm who addressed a focus on materiality and aesthetics.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Anja Vang Kragh, Carl Emil Jacobsen, Cecilie Bendixen, Gitte Jungersen, Iben Høj, Isabel Berglund, Kasper Kjeldgaard, Katrine Borup, Kevin Hviid, Louise Campbell, Maria Koshenkova, Petra Dalström, Pettersen & Hein, Rasmus Fenhann and Wednesday Architecture.
Photo 2018: Jule Hering
“Time” was the inspiration for the MINDCRAFT17 exhibition. Displayed at the historic setting of the San Simpliciano cloister. The exhibition was curated and designed by Danish designer Henrik Vibskov and the selected designers were asked to interpret a specific time span.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Tobias Møhl, Yuki Ferdinandsen, Eske Rex & Maria Mengel, Birk Marcus Hansen, Emil Krøyer & Mads Sætter-Lassen, MBADV (Maria Bruun & Anne Dorthe Vester), Kasper Kjeldgaard, Lærke Valum, Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen, Isabel Berglund, Hanne G, Anders Ruhwald, Christina Schou Christensen, Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen and Carl Emil Jacobsen.
Photo 2017: Alastair Philip Wiper
MINDCRAFT16 was showcased at Circolo Filologico and for the second year in a row curated and designed by the Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Benandsebastian, MBADV (Maria Bruun & Anne Dorthe Vester), Christina Schou Christensen, Rosa Tolnov Clausen, Freya Dalsjø, Dark Matters, Yuki Ferdinandsen, Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm & Margrethe Odgaard, Ole Jensen, Irv Johnson Music, Marianne Krumbach, Akiko Kuwahata, Cecilie Manz, Nicholas Nybro, Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt, Øivind Alexander Slaatto and Henrik Vibskov.
MINDCRAFT16 was also shown at Designmuseum Danmark.
Photo 2016: Jule Hering
MINDCRAFT15 was curated and designed by the Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi and showcased at the historical venue Chiostro Minore di San Simpliciano in Brera, Milan. The theme was “In Between”.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Benandsebastian, Louise Campbell, Rosa Tolnov Clausen, Claydies, Jonas Edvard & Nikolaj Steenfatt, Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm & Margrethe Odgaard, Ole Jensen, Line Depping & Jakob Jørgensen, Akiko Kuwahata, Cecilie Manz, Eske Rex, Tora Urup, Henrik Vibskov and Jakob Wagner.
Winner of a Milano Design Award – Special Mention
“For the extraordinary visual impact, generated from an essential but courageous project, that creates a dialogue in harmony with the unique and suggestive context. The project also underlines effectively the delicate relation between craft and industry.”
Winner of a German Design Award 2016 – Special Mention
“Sophisticated and visually concise staging of design and craftsmanship has succeeded in MINDCRAFT15. Outstanding Danish design and craftsmanship performance was presented at the Milan Design Week with the international, highly visible exhibition concept MINDCRAFT.”
MINDCRAFT15 was also shown at Designmuseum Danmark.
Photo 2015: Jule Hering
Under the heading “Materializing beliefs” curator Nina Tolstrup (studiomama) curated and designed the MINDCRAFT14 exhibition, showed in Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Nikoline Liv Andersen, Benandsebastian, Iskos-Berlin, Katrine Borup, Line Depping, Morten Løbner Espersen, Marie Torbensdatter Hermann, Jakob Jørgensen, Pipaluk Lake, Kristine Tillge Lund, Anne Fabricius Møller and Marianne Nielsen.
Photo 2014: Jule Hering
MINDCRAFT13 was curated and designed by Danish designers Kasper Salto and Thomas Sigsgaard under the theme “In the Making”. The exhibition was on display during Milan Design Week in Ventura Lambrate.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Mathias Bengtsson, Katrine Borup, Nina Bruun, Christina Schou Christensen, Rasmus Bækkel Fex, Christian Flindt, Lisbeth Friis, Michael Geertsen, Pernille Snedker Petersen, Eske Rex, Grethe Sørensen and Mette Saabye.
Photo 2013: Jule Hering
MINDCRAFT12 was shown in Ventura Lambrate. The exhibition showed 16 new works created by some of the finest Danish craftspeople and designers within their field. A common feature for all the selected participants were their focus on quality and their approach to the design process, where function and materials play an essential role. The exhibition was curated and designed by Cecilie Manz.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Benandsebastian, Thomas Bentzen, Louise Campbell, Line Depping, Anne Fabricius Møller, GamFratesi, Peter Johansen, Kaori Juzu, Jakob Jørgensen, Chris Liljjenberg Halstrøm, Eske Rex, Louise Sass, Bente Skjøttgaard, Anne Tophøj, Tora Urup and Henrik Vibskov.
Photo 2012: Jule Hering
MINDCRAFT11 was curated and designed by designer Cecilie Manz. In her selection of the works, Cecilie Manz emphasized quality, functionality and material awareness.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Benandsebatian, Mathias Bengtsson, Thomas Benntzen, Line Depping, by Gamfratesi, Margrethe Odgaard, Eske Rex, Louise Sass, Bente Skjøttgaard, Anne Tophøj and Tora Urup.
Photo 2011: Jule Hering
Under the theme “Would you mind?” MINDCRAFT10 displayed the new generation in Danish design in Zona Tortona during Milan Design Week. The exhibition was curated and designed by Danish architect Karen Kjærgaard.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Mathias Bengtsson, Isabel Berglund, Katrine Borup, Christian Flindt & Bodil Jerichau, Ditte Hammerstrøm, Louise Hindsgavl, Steen Ipsen, Astrid Krogh, Mia Lerssi, Margrethe Odgaard, Søren Ulrik Petersen and Salto & Sigsgaard.
MINDCRAFT09 was on display at Zona Tortona during Milan Design Week 2009. The exhibition was curated and designed by Danish architect Karen Kjærgaard. The theme for the exhibition was ”Shhh…Craft is Golden”.
The selected designers and craftspeople were Ole Jensen, Louise Campbell, Cecilie Manz, Ditte Hammerstrøm, Salto & Sigsgaard, Christian Flindt, Astrid Krogh, Louise Hindsgavl, Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl, Christin Johansson, Steen Ipsen and Kim Buck.
The first MINDCRAFT08 exhibition was showed in Zona Tortona during Milan Design Week in 2008. Followed by an exhibition at Earls Court in London during London Design Festival, where MINDCRAFT08 won the award “Best Contribution to 100 % Design”.
The exhibition was curated and designed by Danish architect Karen Kjærgaard and presented works by; Kim Buck, Louise Campbell, Pernelle Fagerlund, Ditte Hammerstrøm, Louise Hindsgavl, Dorthe Agergaard Jensen, Ole Jensen, Christian Johansson, Astrid Krogh, Cecilie Manz, Anders Ruhwald and Carolina Vallejo.