MINDCRAFT

MINDCRAFT

Dansk kunsthåndværk skal sælge Danmark som designland

Dansk kunsthåndværk står stærkt og befinder sig i en unik position på grund af det store potentiale, der findes på området. Disse kvaliteter skal synliggøres internationalt, og derfor præsenterer Danish Crafts en række af Danmarks mest talentfulde og fremadstormende kunsthåndværkere og designere på FuoriSalone i Milano.

There has never been a better moment, sagde den engelske topdesigner Tom Dixon, da han for nylig var hovednavn på Danish Crafts’ KUR arrangement. Dansk kunsthåndværk er i topform og sprudler af overskud, nytænkning og energi og oplever som følge heraf p.t. stor international anerkendelse i form af prestigefyldte designpriser og andre hædersbevisninger.

Samtidig er kunsthåndværket blevet styrket, idet det er gået fra primært at beskæftige sig med materialer og teknisk kunnen til et område, hvor håndens arbejde kombineres med en konceptuel tankegang. Heraf navnet MINDCRAFT, som er titlen på Danish Crafts’ nye koncept, der sætter fokus på kunsthåndværkets potentiale som inspiration for design af fremtidens produkter.

Da MINDCRAFT 08 i september 2008 blev vist på messen100% design i London, modtog Danish Crafts prisen for ”Best Contribution to 100% design”. Prisen cementerer dansk kunsthåndværk og designs høje kunstneriske niveau og beviser, at vi som designland står stærkt på den internationale scene.

Kulturminister Carina Christensen udtaler:

– Dansk kunsthåndværk rummer et stort potentiale og har inden for de sidste år nået et højt internationalt niveau. Men det er vigtigt, at omverdenen fortsat bliver gjort opmærksom på den store talentmasse, Danmark besidder, så vi fremtidssikrer Danmark som designnation. Med MINDCRAFT udstillingen i Milano viser Danmark endnu engang styrken i dansk kunsthåndværk, og at dansk kunsthåndværk formår at sætte den nye dagsorden for banebrydende design.

Med udstillingen MINDCRAFT 09, ”shhh … Craft is Golden” ønsker Danish Crafts at præsentere omverdenen for den store rigdom, der findes i dansk kunsthåndværk, og vise, at der er både viden, erfaring og ideer at hente, hvis man går i clinch med kunsthåndværket. Titlen refererer til det gamle ordsprog: Tale er sølv, tavshed er guld, og udstillingen sætter således fokus på de kvaliteter, som findes i kunsthåndværket. Kvaliteter, der handler om ægthed og autenticitet, om indhold og menneskelige værdier.

12 kunsthåndværkere og designere fra Danmarks absolutte elite viser i år 12 helt nye reflekterende, lysende, roterende, kravlende og ikke mindst provokerende værker. Værker med humor og holdninger til den verden, vi lever i. Arkitekt Karen Kjærgaard har iscenesat og curateret MINDCRAFT 09, der bl.a. byder på en moderne varmedunk, hængende skuffer og 20 splatterplatter.

De 12 deltagende designere er:

Designer Ole Jensen

Designer Louise Campbell

Designer Cecilie Manz

Designer Ditte Hammerstrøm

Designerne Salto & Sigsgaard

Møbeldesigner Christian Flindt

Tekstildesigner Astrid Krogh

Keramiker Louise Hindsgavl

Keramiker Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl

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MINDCRAFT - in english

Shh … Craft is Golden! Danish Crafts’ debut in Zona Tortona last year was such a resounding success that Danish Crafts is present once again in Zona Tortona during the Milan Design Week. This time with the exhibition “Shh ... Craft is Golden!”, which showcases 12 of Denmark’s finest craftspeople and designers. The exhibition is on display 21 through 26 April 2009 in Zona Tortona, Via Savona 55a. Danish craft and design is currently in a unique position and enjoys great international recognition and demand. With the exhibition “Shh … Craft is Golden!”, Danish Crafts wishes to introduce the world to the huge potential, the gold, to be found in Danish craft and illustrate the great rewards awaiting anyone wishing to explore the world of craft. The title refers to the old adage, “speech is silver; silence is golden”, and thus, the exhibition highlights the values inherent in craft. In this case, the gold consists of 12 reflective, mirroring, luminescent, rotating, crawling and, not least, provoking works that speak for themselves with great integrity thus demonstrating that this is the real thing. MINDCRAFT x 12 This year, 12 craftspeople and designers from Denmark’s absolute elite present 12 completely new works, and as in last year’s MINDCRAFT exhibition, the works on display represent more than just material and technical skill. Characteristically, all the works are as much an artistic comment to the world we live in, and they all present the beholder with content rather than surface. Last year, Danish Crafts’ exhibition MINDCRAFT had more than 10,000 visitors, and in September 2008 when the exhibition was presented at 100% design in London, MINDCRAFT received the award for “Best Contribution to 100% design”. Tied powercraft, circle lights and a bunch of hanging drawers The 12 craft artists participating in this year’s exhibition are: Furniture designers Louise Campbell, Cecilie Manz, Ditte Hammerstrøm, Salto & Sigsgaard and Christian Flindt Textile designer Astrid Krogh Ceramicists Louise Hindsgavl, Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl, Christin Johansson and Steen Ipsen Goldsmith Kim Buck Designer Ole Jensen The designers selected for this exhibition are all internationally acknowledged designers with professional design training. Furniture designer Louise Campbell creates designs for the Italian furniture maker Zanotta, among others, and for several world-renowned Danish manufactures including Royal Copenhagen, Holmegaard, Louis Poulsen and Hay Cph. Furniture designer Kasper Salto creates designs for the world-renowned Danish furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen, and furniture designer Ditte Hammerstrøm’s clients include the Danish furniture manufacturer Erik Jørgensen. Ceramicist Ole Jensen is known around the world for his washing-up bowl in rubber, which was launched by Danish Crafts and is now manufactured by Normann Copenhagen. Since the launch, the bowl has become a world-wide success. Ole Jensen also designed the series “Ole” for Royal Copenhagen. Designer Cecilie Manz is known for the lamp Caravaggio, which she designed for the Danish lamp manufacturer Light Years, as well as the glass series Minima for Holmegaard. Goldsmith Kim Buck designed the ring series Eclipse, Centenary and Nordic Summer for Georg Jensen. The exhibition is curated and designed by Karen Kjærgaard. Featured designer on Dagens Design: Steen Ibsen www.steen-ipsen.dk