Danish Crafts will be presenting Mindcraft for the third time in Milan this year, continuing to bring a selection of the best of Danish craftspeople to Zona Tortona. The exhibit, entitled "Would You Mind," presents an "open-minded approach to form and materials," representing the edge of formal and material experimentation, while situating craft in a dialogue with art and design.
Mathias Bengston's Paper Chair, for example, mixes both digital and handmaking process to create a chair from recycled paper. Each of the 2000 profiles is coated with a thin film of glue, then stacked together and exposed to both pressure and heat, forming a "homogenous 3-dimensional body." Bengston uses both black and white paper to highlight the form and lend it a graphic nature.
Isabel Berglund's Closet Knitter, is a completely hand-knit, white closet, containing a chair with a sweater for a seat and a floating wig/light socket. Conflating function, texture, surreality, and occupiability, the work seeks to "move between categories such as design, art and fashion."
Katrin Borup's Heavy Metal, maybe the cheekiest of all the Mindcraft projects, is a golden ring with a giant rock for a gem, carved by a stone cutter. Not just a visual joke, the ring alludes to an important backstory—in order to produce an ounce of gold, a big chunk of mountain is removed and crushed. Next year, we'd like to see a ring that represents all the gold produced in the world every year, said to fit in a 14ft cube.
See the rest of the participating designers in Milan.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.