In Denmark we have a long tradition of fruitful collaborations between cabinetmakers, architects and designers.
From February 13 through February 28 2019, we show an example of such a collaboration here on Kløvermarksvej, when apprentices and students from the cabinetmaker-program NEXT and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), Department of Furniture & Objects present the project ‘Shape – design and crafts’.
The project has been running for two months and has offered a number of new opportunities and challenges with furniture design in molded veneer. The collaboration has drawn on the professionalism of both schools and formed the basis for mutual academic understanding. In the collaboration and dialogue between the craftsmen and the designers, 8 projects have been created – 8 projects in which artistic work and craftsmanship go hand in hand.
Rikke Palmerston is a design student at KADK and tells about the project:
“I had never worked with molded veneer before, and many of the students at NEXT as well, when we started the project. It was exciting to test and explore the technique together. With our creative vision and skewed ideas, and their more practical approach. In our group we spent a lot of time in the workshop and learned so much about the enormous work that is being done in the design of a pressure form, as well as the connection between the thicknesses, direction and type of the veneers in relation to the quality of the finished product” says Rikke and concludes :
“It has, from my point of view, been an educational collaboration, in which also an understanding and respect between the two professions has beeen created”.