The designers chosen for The Mindcraft Project 2023 explore the theme of our connection with nature, showcasing their material knowledge and experience in crafting objects. The combination of material intelligence and craftsmanship offers multiple solutions to future challenges and resource scarcity. It provides hope, motivating us to take an active, solution-oriented stance.
Anna Søgaard — Cabinet on Wheels
Cabinet on Wheels aims to offer reflection on how we interact with, and store our items of daily life. Deliberately paired back in aesthetic yet open in function, the cabinet has been constructed from a mixture of solid and laminated douglas pine.
Christian & Jade — Weight of Wood
Weight of Wood reimagines three furniture archetypes through variations in the weight and density of each component. Each piece of furniture utilises two species of wood; oak, douglas, ash or pine.
Henrik Tjærby — 4x4
A holistic approach to sustainability defines the 4 x 4 seating collection. From design language to material use, production techniques, functionality, durability and component breakdown, 4 x 4 is an adaptable framework that can change depending on the environment and materials at hand.
Jonas Edvard — Myx Sail / Floor
Actively collaborating with the living material throughout the design and production of the sound absorbing panel, a flexible room divider is formed within a pre-designed mould as the mycelium grows over and bonds with a mixture of plant fibres.
Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen — Pollination Plant Shelter System
Constructed as a continuously evolving organic shelter, thousands of sheets of coloured tissue paper have been twisted and bound - transforming a seemingly fragile organic material into an installation resembling ropy roots, branches or vines.
Mia Lisa Spon & Nadine Burkhardt — Piece by Piece, One Square at a Time
A signature patchwork is produced from three variants of raw cotton – a fine perkal, a thick canvas and a dense canvas - each 10 x 10 cm section sewn together one by one to create an oversized sculptural form.
Natural Material Studio — Lighting Works, LW-B004-1-3
The three lighting objects shift between scale and methods of construction, utilising a single technique in steel tube bending across all works that demonstrates varying degrees of control and tension.
Sia Hurtigkarl — Plain Weave
The miniature warp and weft of standard textile production has been re-contextualised through the use of hand dyed and waxed paper strands reaching from floor to ceiling between a slender pine wood frame.
Wang & Söderström — Rehousing Technosphere
Combining visuals and sound, the piece aims to stoke a sense of curiosity in the viewer, poetically providing an opportunity for introspective analysis and association.
Yukari Hotta — IKIMONO
Hotta channels influences from natural objects she collects from the forests and coastline, alongside contours of the human body. This results in objects which are free to form personal relationships with the viewer, uniting the individuals own emotions and experiences with Hotta's creations.
The Mindcraft Project is a platform for explorative and experimental design from Denmark, led by Copenhagen Design Agency (CDA).
Since 2008, The Mindcraft Project has worked to elevate Danish designers and makers by showcasing them to a global audience. For more than a decade, The Mindcraft Project presented Danish craft and design in annual exhibitions at Milan Design Week. Today, The Mindcraft Project is a digital platform with a considerable international following. The platform offers exclusive designer profiles, videos, online exhibitions, and interviews that highlight designers and makers from Denmark.
The combination of the words ‘Mind’ and ‘Craft’ highlights the essence of the project. It is a field that merges experimental, innovative, and conceptual design approaches with material knowledge and craftsmanship. The Danish designers and makers address future challenges and opportunities, and inspire to new ways of thinking, making, and living.
EXHIBITION LED BY:
Copenhagen Design Agency
DESIGNER PROFILES WRITTEN BY:
Anders Sune Berg
Video Sound by:
Danish Arts Foundation, Augustinus Fonden, Beckett-Fonden, Ege, Vola, Fredericia, Kvadrat