12. December 2018 Henrik Vibskov and “The most innovative gløgg of 2018”

Are you looking for a very special Christmas present this year?

On Wednesday, December 12, at 5 – 7PM, Henrik Vibskov visits our shop at Kløvermarksvej 70, signing “Japan Plates” for you who look for a special personalized Christmas gift. A tantalising plate or dish which brings you into the amacing Vibskov universe.

If you stop by Wednesday evening, we will also offer you a glass of “The most innovative gløgg of the year” from 5PM.

Our neighbor, Sune Urth from Copenhagen Distillery has won the prestigious title “DM in Gløgg 2018″ for a gløgg, based on the Distillery’s Honey Wine and unfiltered apple juice, as well as a touch of chai spices. If you are into alcohol, the gløgg can be supplemented with the Distillery’s Dill Anise Aquavit, or you can get it virgin.

Japan Plates” originates from “The Repetitive Clean” installation created by Henrik Vibskov, on display for the first time in Kanasawa, Japan in 2017, and now partially resurrected as part of the “Japan Retur” exhibition on Kløvermarksvej.

A signed “Japan Plate” (27x27cm) costs 750 kr. The signature / dedication is printed on the back.

If you are unable to attend Wednesday evening, you can write to malene@apetersen.dk and place an order on a signed “Japan Plate”: Remember to write the dedication exactly the way you want it, in maximum 20 characters incl. gaps. Deadline for your mail is Wednesday December 12, at 12AM.

8. February 2019 Louise, Anni, Aya and a 3-in-1 notebook

Meet the Japanese bookbinder Aya Nagaoka in a workshop where you can make your own notebook.
The paper is from the Japanese paper distributor Takeo, and the design of the 3-in-1 notebook is Aya’s own.
You can use the notebook for: one block for meetings, one for to-do list and one for private notes. Or as a travel journal: one pad used for the itinerary, one for notes of experiences along the way and one pad to outline your journey.

The workshop is initiated by Louise Hold Sidenius and Anni Vestergaard.

Registration on email: kari@apetersen.dk
Remember to write your name, phone number and the date you would like to attend – either Friday, February 8, 4-7 PM or Saturday, February 9, 11AM-2 PM.
Price: 400 kr.

Previous events

1. December 2018 Sing Tehus visits A. Petersen

Tea is one of the cornerstones of Japanese culture, and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, which goes back several hundred years, contains a complexity that it takes many years of study to learn.

Mette Marie Kjær opened the Sing Tehus on November 17, 2006. With a background as a visual artist, it was the artistic and philosophical elements of the Asian culture, including the Japanese tea ceremony, which fascinated and led to a great and exciting world of tea.

Sing Tehus works to spread the knowledge of the tea culture as well as the tasteful teas, and imports tea from among other places Japan.

Saturday, December 1, Lulu from Sing Tehus visits Kløvermarksvej. At this occasion you can taste a cup of tea, learn more about Sing Tehus’ work with – and stories about tea.

It will also be possible to buy tea from Sing Tehus.

2. December 2018 Yuko, Johna and the loom

The contribution by Yuko Yokota and Johna Hansen – a very long loom – for the exhibition ‘Japan Return’ is for most of the exhibition period taking part as a stationary object. With the exception of the period November 21 to December 2. During these two weeks, the loom comes alive and unfolds as a performance, which you can follow in the opening hours of the exhibition.

Yuko Yokota, born 1983 in Japan, is a trained textile artist, specialized in weaving, from the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, the Faculty of Arts and Crafts. Johna Hansen, born 1982 in Sweden, graduated as architect from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and Tohoku University of Art and Design.

The object R / LOOM is a giant loom, almost eight meters long, two meters wide and almost three meters high. The name R / LOOM is a play with the artists’ working fields of architecture (ROOM) and weaving (LOOM). The purpose of the project is to investigate a symbiosis between these two fields: The loom has become a space, and through a repeated interaction between Yuko and Johna and the loom – a performance – a new architectural element, the textile, and a new spatiality are created.

For the exhibition ‘Japan Return’, R / LOOM is adapted to the particular exhibition and room at the first floor of Kløvermarksvej 70. The wooden structure is unchanged from previous set-ups of the loom, but the yarn and textile that are created and the way it evolves in the room is specifically intended for this occasion. Unlike previous settings, where Yuko and Johna worked on the subject of light, they here focus on shadow. They weave with recycled fabric and jute yarn.

Yuko and Johna have made a publication that accompanies the R / LOOM project, and is available at the exhibition from November 21.

22. November 2018 Anne and the Japanese wallpaper

A rare and expensive Japanese wallpaper was rediscovered in 2016 in the center of Copenhagen at Kongens Nytorv. The location of the property reflects that a wealthy citizen lived here, in this case the famous art patron and Tobacco producer Bernhard Hirschprung.

The property has subsequently been named Brønnums Hus, after a later owner.

The wallpaper that represents golden leather is evidenced to be Japanese by thorough technical and art historical studies, and is an example of an exclusive Japanese commodity that found its way to Europe in the late 1800s.
The Japanese name of the wallpaper is Kinkarakawakami, (Kin-gold, kara-imitation, kawa-leather, kami-paper) and is a Japanese variation of the European golden leather.

For many years the luxury golden wallpaper created the setting for The Royal Danish Ballet School, but today the house is owned by Karberghus, which generously opens the doors for display of the wallpapers in connection with the Japan Retur exhibition.

Experience the gilded Japanese wallpaper in what previously was the dining room af Bernhard Hirschprung:
Guided tours (in Danish) on November 21 and 22 at 5 to 6 PM and January 23 and 24 from 5 to 6 PM.
Registration and payment of 150 DKK is via website: www.koebenhavnskonservator.dk
or directly to mail: anne@koebenhavnskonservator.dk

4. October 2018 Japan Retur – opening

We invite you to the opening of the exhibition Thursday October 4 at 5-7 PM here at Kløvermarksvej 70 – and we hope to see you!

In the exhibition we show more than 40 projects by Danish craftsmen and designers. They have all been preoccupied with Japanese culture and specifically crafts, ceramics, glass art, design theory, embroidery, lacquer work, paper dyeing, weaving – and a lot of other techniques, and have due to this sought cooperation with Japanese craftsmen and designers.

27. November 2018 Marie and Ex-formation

This evening offers an introduction to the internationally renowned designer whose name has become synonymous with the changing face of modern Japanese design – Kenya Hara – and especially an insight into his work with the concept of Ex-formation.

Ex-formation explains how little we really know and thus becomes a new starting point for design: The unknown is what moves us, what we already know is not nearly as interesting.

Today, knowledge is available in almost explosive mass, and instead of being able to use knowledge as a springboard for our imagination, Hara believes that we are caught in an information exchange, a ‘switch-changing fact play’ that prevents us from immersion . It is a major challenge for creativity and design.

Hara’s answer is Ex-formation, with the purpose to create solutions that challenge and awaken curiosity.

Graphic designer and design manager at Louisiana, Marie Lübecker, followed Kenya Hara for a week in the fall of 2017 to learn more about, among other things, Ex-formation. Listen to what she experienced and discuss how we can benefit from these thoughts in our own design practices.

Tuesday November 27 at 5.30PM – the evening begins with a presentation followed by a discussion.

Registration to kari@apetersen.dk.

Price: Ticket for the exhibition (60kr.), and 40 kr., which covers wine / water.
There is room for 30 participants, tickets are distributed on a first come-first served basis.

13. September 2018 Designtalk on shrinking cracks

Stop by and join a design talk at A. Petersen on Thursday, September 13 at 5 PM to get new perspectives on wood and cracks due to shrinkage. Here, designer Anne Brandhøj, in dialogue with designer Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm and ranger Stephan Springborg, will discuss the aesthetic and sustainable potentials of the wood, but also the design challenges associated with the wood as material.

The shrinkage crack-project will be on display at Kløvermarksvej through Thursday, September 27. The presentation contains a number of objects in ash, cherry and maple wood.

Since her graduation from KADK in 2017, Anne Brandhøj has been curiously studying wood. She focuses especially on the shrinkage cracks that occur when freshly harvested wood is allowed to dry, shrink and crack in a natural drying process. The deformations occur slowly over time and depend on water content, shape, type of wood, temperature and humidity.

When the wood is completely dry, Anne emphasizes the shrinkage cracks in the wood by means of wedged metal elements – and in this way, organic objects are locked in time and place.

The design industry customarily uses controlled, dried wood from sawmills because the cracks are undesirable as they make the wood less uniform and reduce the strength of the material.

In contrast, Anne Brandhøj lets the wood dry in a natural process. She puts it this way: “The unpredictabilityfascinates me, and I like the excitement of having a natural material between the hands, whose forces shapes as much as I do”.

The talk is free and does not require registration.

30. November 2018 Takahito Nakajima and his wood turned bowls

The Japanese wood-turner Takehito Nakajima visits A. Petersen at Kløvermarksvej Friday November 30.and Saturday December 1.

Takehito Nakajima (born 1969) is wood-turner as well as master in the the hard Japanese urushi technique – a traditional laquering technique, going back hundreds of years.

Right now, Takehito is current in relation to the exhibition ‘Japan Retur’, due to his roll as craftsman on the Oryoki bowls, designed by the danish designers Line Depping and Jakob Jørgensen, which you can experience in the exhibition. And then, Takehito is one of the many Japanese craftsmen, who was visited by the group of Danish cabinetmakers Akiko Kuwahata, Anders Lunderskov, Finn Killbuck Johansen, Jacob Ulrich, John Bøge, Ken Winther Christensen, Rasmus Fenhann, Søren Risvang Sørensen and Teis Dich Abrahamsen,  during their trip to Japan last Fall, a tour documented in the exhibition.

Stop by and watch Takehito turn wooden bowls in the opening hours of the exhibition Friday November 30 at 12AM – 6PM and Saturday December 1, at 10AM – 4PM.
It will be possible to buy the wooden bowls manufactured during the two days immediately after they have been made.

It only requires a ticket for the exhibition to experience Takehito in action.

14. June 2018 Exhibition opening – First Movers

Thursday, June 14 at 5-7 PM, we invite you to the opening of the exhibition “First Movers” – displaying more than 100 models in scale 1:5 of furniture types, that are more than 5000 years old, made by the Danish architect and cabinetmaker Dan Svarth.

With lion feet as well as painted pictures of the ancient Egyptians, they do not look like typical furniture, as we know from our home. And yet some of them do. In the exhibition we also show modern furniture that relates in different ways to the ancient Egyptian furniture.

26. May 2018 Tasting colors

Textile- and color designer Margrethe Odgaard is unique in her field. In her work that include registration of colors across continents and a tireless search for connections and opposites, she creates colour compositions that thrills and fascinates.

Margrethe puts it this way: ” I observe and exercise in noticing my surroundings. This I do on a daily mapping of colors on the locations where I am. No matter if it is in Thyholm in western Jutland or on Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Colors are linked to emotions and every time you focus on colors around you, you’ll also get a little wiser on yourself. I think this is important for all of us, not just designers.

Margrethe shares her thoughts about her work with color design Saturday May 26 at 11AM. Here we invite you to a very special talk and workshop with a particular focus on the connection between colors and tastes.

For the occasion, confectioner Vita Fex has developed taste samples that you and the other workshop participants translate into color palettes.

Sign up by contacting malene@apetersen.dk – there are a limited number of seats. Participation costs 60,- DKK besides a ticket for the exhibition (60,- DKK).

Remember that if you have already bought a ticket for the exhibition, you only have to buy the ticket for the workshop.

7. April 2018 Talk in the exhibition with Depping&Jørgensen

Stop by Kløvermarksvej 70 this Saturday, April 7th, at 11AM where Line Depping and Jakob Jørgensen will give a tour in the exhibition and tell about selected works.

Together Line and Jakob have made Black Chair which is on display in the exhibition and they will share the reflections and thoughts made during the design process – and about the discussions that are sometimes necessary on the way to the finished design object.

Line also describes how she designs in steam bent- and compressed wood, techniques that can be experienced as experiments as well as finished products in the exhibition.

Jakob has chosen the Blitz lamp and shows – along with the story – a short video about the journey of the lamp from being a bunch of pipes in all kinds of shapes to finished light.

The tour takes place in the exhibition.
Entrance fee for the exhibition is DKK 60 per person. When you have paid the entrance fee it is free to participate in the tour.

21. March 2018 Talk with Helle Vibeke Jensen about Froth on the Daydream

Designer Helle Vibeke Jensen has made 68 illustrated chapters for the book “Dagenes Skum” by the French author Boris Vian. Wednesday, 21 March at 4:30 PM at Kløvermarksvej 70, Helle Vibeke tells about the creation of the chapters and at the same time demonstrates some of the techniques she has used in the process – one of which is ”Katagami” – a Japanese stencil technique. Remember to register at kari@apetersen.dk

22. February 2018 Exhibition opening: Halstrøm, Odgaard, Depping, Jørgensen

Thursday, February 22nd from 5-7 pm, we invite you to the opening of our first exhibition in 2018: “Halstrøm, Odgaard, Depping, Jørgensen”.

The four designers Chris L. Halstrøm, Margrethe Odgaard, Line Depping and Jakob Jørgensen show at the exhibition – in addition to working methods and material considerations – selected finished works.

For the exhibition opening we offer a light serving of Mikkeller beer.

7. February 2018 The stories of Midtjyske Tæpper

Danish weaver Anne Mette Larsen has captured tales in Midtjylland and transformed them into woven blankets.

A total of four sites have been transformed into 8 blankets, woven in Norway of Norwegian wool at the weaving mill Røros Tweed. In addition, Anne Mette Larsen has created one blanket that summarizes the whole idea behind the construction of Midtjyske Tæpper.

Wednesday February 7th at 4:30 pm at Kløvermarksvej, Anne Mette will tell about the concept and process related to the project Midtjyske Tæpper. Architect Nicolai de Gier complements with accompanying thoughts on craft.

It is free of charge to participate, but due to a limited number of seats, registration is required. Write your name and how many you come to kari@apetersen.dk

The talk is in Danish.

For the event we will serve central Jutland beer from Virklund Bryghus.

18. January 2018 Talk – Lars Vejen and Design Collaborations

Following the current exhibition “Design Collaborations” at A. Petersen, we invite you to a design talk, where Lars Vejen will tell about his first meeting with Japan and the Japanese, when he lived and worked in Kyoto as an architectural student in 1995. He will also give a thorough introduction to the current exhibition at A. Petersen.

The talk will give you a picture of Japan then and now, and also shed light on the challenges and approaches that Lars Vejen has experienced and learned along the way. The exhibition is an ambitious project that Lars Vejen has realized through close cooperation with the Japanese and Danish craftsmen and manufacturers.

Lars Vejen worked as design manager in one of Scandinavia’s largest architectural companies, but is currently international lecturer / teacher and holder of own design company based in Japan and Denmark.

The event is free, but requires registration (write your name and how many you will attend) to malene@apetersen.dk

7. December 2017 Exhibition opening – Design Collaborations

Lars Vejen has worked extensively with Danish as well as Japanese artisans, craftsmen, workshops and design companies.

All projects will be exhibited from the beginning of November until the beginning of December at the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Craft. The same works will be displayed here at A. Petersen from December 8th until February 11th.

This part of our Japanese-Danish exhibitions finalizes this year’s celebration of 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark.

Design Collaborations opens at 5PM and the opening speech is given by Anne Katrine Okholm Skole, editor, DANISH.tm

6. October 2017 Opening of exhibition – Kitani

Friday, October 6th. 5-7 pm, we invite you to fernisage of the next part of our Japanese exhibitions. Here we show Danish furniture design classics by Finn Juhl, Ib Kofod-Larsen and Nanna Ditzel, manufactured by the Japanese furniture company Kitani.

Besides the passionate cultivation of the craftsmanship and the fascination of Danish furniture, Kitani is also known for contributing to the construction of a 1: 1 version of Finn Juhl’s house in the mountains of Takayama, Japan – as a special tribute to the furniture master.

The exhibition is displayed in a Japanese-inspired garden, built specifically for the event in cooperation with Jagro Anlæg.

We offer live jazz and a glass of wine for the opening.