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3daysofdesign x Cult | Highlights

6.27.2022

With the world reopening and design fairs back in action, the Cult team travelled to both Milan and Copenhagen to reconnect with the brands they represent here in New Zealand and Australia. Following their coverage throughout (I have a particular soft spot for Copenhagen, and visited 3daysofdesign in 2017),  I'm excited to have teamed up with Cult to share some of my favourites from this year's 3daysofdesign event. 


Danish brand Karakter presented CO / WORK, a design exhibition curated by Ark Journal showcasing both iconic and new designs by Karakter. Impeccably styled by Pernille Vest, the exhibition centred around the interaction between home and work. 



Alongside Karakter icons available from Cult, the exhibition presented three new designs. Comfortable and casual, the GB Lounge designed by Gijs Bakker in 1972 remains just as relevant today.  5-in-1 designed by Joe Colombo is a set of intertwining glasses that unite form with functionality, and the Heddles Throw designed by weaver and textile Artist Karin Carlander is made on a wooden hand-loom, bringing traditional Nordic craftsmanship into a modern context.


Credits

Curated by Ark Journal
Styling: Pernille Vest
Photography: Heidi Lerkenfeldt

I had the pleasure of visiting &Tradition's home in 2019, prior to the launch at Cult in NZ. During this year's 3daysofdesign the Danish brand invited visitors into their home - a 20th century mansion in Central Copenhagen - to experience masterly design with personality. For the exhibition, entitled ‘The Home of &Tradition’, the Danish design company’s residence was transformed in close collaboration with Italian design studio, Studioutte into an expressive and dynamic space that demonstrates the diversity of its products.



Martin Kornbek Hansen, CEO and Founder of &Tradition said, “Our objective with The Home of &Tradition is to highlight the continuous dialogue between art and design. Through showcasing our collection in an experimental environment our intention is to emphasise the amount of time, care and craftsmanship that is at the core of each and every single one of our products. With this exhibition, we’re raising questions, exploring possibilities, and shining a new light on our range– all from the comfort of our own home.








Images courtesy of &Tradition

Celebrating their 150th anniversary, Fritz Hansen held an exclusive exhibition at 3daysofdesign. To mark this milestone, the company joined forces with renowned architecture firm Henning Larsen to build the Fritz Hansen Pavilion, celebrating the best of Danish design. The pavilion, located in the yard of Design museum Denmark’s historic building, will be in place throughout the summer and used as as space for workshops, school lectures and talks. Born in line with the principles of circular design thinking, post-summer, all materials used in building the Pavilion will be re-used later in the reconstruction of the Fritz Hansen HQ.




At 3daysofdesign Fritz Hansen introduced its Anniversary Collection and the PK0 A™ chair and PK60™ coffee table by Poul Kjærholm. Released in specially curated and never-before-seen editions, the curved PK0 A is a functional sculpture and a seminal piece of modern design history, while the previously unreleased PK60 takes its design cues from modern art and combines talented craftsmanship with innovation.

During the event, Fritz Hansen also launched the Oneline pendant by Danish artist Kasper Kjeldgaard and featured a bespoke installation made by the artist. In addition to this, the exhibition presented some of the most recent designs launched in March 2022, and an exclusive preview of the collection, to be released in the latter half of this year. Stay tuned for updates via Cult



Photography by Laura Stamer

The gates to Vipp Garage opened during 3daysofdesign, adding another member to Vipp’s growing portfolio of design experiences. Located in the courtyard at the Vipp headquarters on Islands Brygge in Copenhagen, Architects Frank Maali & Gemma Lalanda have transformed the mid-century garage into a new cultural hub that can be adapted into accommodating different public events such as concerts, talks, art exhibitions, and supper clubs.



The brick ceiling by Randers Tegl is a homage to Holger Nielsen, who founded Vipp in 1939 in the city of Randers. The floors are made of polished, black concrete pebbles, and walls are clad in patinated dark steel plates. Meanwhile, a courtyard was cut through the existing structure to bring day light deep into the interior. A cherry on top –almost literally – is the rooftop terrace with a little “greenhouse” boasting a Vipp kitchen with views to Copenhagen's skyline and harbour.






Vipp Garage opens with an art installation reimagining the artful dining table curated by interior designer, Julie Cloos Mølsgaard with help from concrete masters Pettersen & Hein and glass artist Alexander Kirkeby. With 24 custom Vipp chairs around the five meter wide round table, Vipp celebrated the Danish 3daysofdesign festival with an intimate supper club with renowned chef Christian Puglisi steering the Vipp kitchen. 


Credits

Project by Vipp
Interior design and art curation: Julie Cloos Mølsgaard
Art installation (concrete table including other concrete art pieces): Pettersen & Hein

In addition to the inspiring exhibitions, there were plenty of new product launches. Here are a few more of my picks, starting with news from one of my favourite Danish brands Fredericia...


Calmo Elements 
When Fredericia launched the Calmo sofa concept in 2019, it was to meet the need for individual solutions and personal interior design - both at home and in public spaces. A corner module for the series is now launched, increasing flexibility and offering numerous options. 


Savannah Chair Petit 
With a focus on craftsmanship, texture, and natural materials, Savannah invites with its open and inviting expression to a soft embrace. The lounge chair is launched in a new size with new upholstery that offers countless colour options depending on individual style.


Hans J. Wegner's Ox Table
Imagined and designed as a sophisticated couple, Hans J. Wegner's Ox Chair and Queen Chair form pairs, while Ox Table naturally ties the series together. Fredericia Furniture is now relaunching the associated table from 1960 in several new sizes. A classic Wegner piece of furniture in a simple design.


Piloti Alu 
The Piloti Wood table was designed by Hugo Passos for Fredericia back in 2016, while in 2019, stones were added to the series. Now Piloti is also being launched in a robust and versatile aluminum frame that meets today's flexible and long-lasting furniture requirements.

A beautiful new collection from Louis Poulsen... 


Louis Poulsen has introduced the Pale Rose editions to their iconic PH table and pendant lights. Inspired by Poul Henningsen's fascination with colour and light, the PH Pale Rose collection is an elegant addition to any home.

And lastly, some pieces from Hay... 

Anagram Table Lamp by Sam Weller

Paper Cube floor lamp by Bertjan Pot

Passerelle Table by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

For all product enquiries in NZ and Australia contact Cult

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Kristina Dam Studio: Framing Sculptural Minimalism During 3daysofdesign

6.21.2022

Copenhagen’s renowned design festival 3daysofdesign was held last week, bringing with it lots of design news from my favourite Danish brands. For Kristina Dam Studio the exhibition also marked its 10-year anniversary, and an opportunity to showcase unique artworks and sculptures alongside new designs. The inspiring presentation took place inside the apartment of fashion maven Kim Grenaa, owner of Grenaa Creative & Grenaa Creative Living, located in the backyard of a historical factory in the centre of Copenhagen.



The new Outline Desk was the focus of the studio’s anniversary exhibition. Born from a longing for a minimal yet essential space that pillars forward-thinking and outward-looking, the design exudes craft and humility with architectural clarity and grace. Thoughtfully designed, the desk features understated details that reveal themselves upon closer inspection. Sleek lines create a graphic interplay of steel frames that holds the solid oak tabletop and drawers, giving the Outline Desk a classic yet contemporary look.




Included in the 2022 3daysofdesign exhibition were one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptures created by Brand and Design Director Kristina Dam. A stand out for me, the incredible and unique black Stool Sculpture is made of defects from the Stool production, giving new life to leftover pieces with minor imperfections.




Photography by Maja Karen

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The Winners of the 2022 Australian Interior Design Awards

6.20.2022

The winners of the 2022 Australian Interior Design Awards were announced on Friday night at a gala dinner held at the Sydney Grand Hyatt. Marking its 19th year, Australia’s leading industry-based awards program is delivered through a partnership between the Design Institute of Australia and Architecture Media’s Artichoke Magazine. With the hardships of the last two years felt by all, the joy and beauty expressed in this year’s submissions is a testament to the tenacity and creativity of Australia’s interior design industry.

Premier Award for Interior Design, Residential Design Award and Best of State Residential Design (VIC): Clare Cousins Architects for Stable and Cart House / Photography: Sharyn Cairns 

Offering immense potential and possibility through its authentic, responsive design, Stable and Cart House by Clare Cousins Architects was unanimously awarded this year’s highest accolade, the Premier Award for Interior Design. Labelling Clare Cousins Architects’ Stable and Cart House “sublime in every way”, the jury applauded the practice for its innate understanding of design, delivering a powerful yet pared back home that considers how people live in a space, and offers a house that will age with honesty and grace. According to the jury, “Stable and Cart House is the absolute standout project across all categories by clearly being an exemplary piece of work. What resonates most is the authenticity of the design and the way it has been conceived to be lived in not just looked at.” This stunning home was also awarded the esteemed Residential Design Award and the Best of State Residential Design (VIC).

Residential Decoration Award: Flack Studio for Troye Sivan House / Photography: Anson Smart 

This year’s Residential Decoration Award was presented to Flack Studio for the striking Troye Sivan House, with the jury commending the practice’s respectful acknowledgement of the building’s architectural history. The jury notes Flack Studio captured a “strong sense of the client’s character through a beautiful curation of art, furniture, lighting and objects in a way that doesn’t feel forced or contrived.”

I've selected some inspiring images from the award winners across the Residential Design and Decoration categories to share with you...

Residential Design; Commendation and Best of State Awards (NSW): Brad Swartz Architects and Henry Wilson for Laneway Glass House / Photography: Katherine Lu

Best of State Awards for Residential Design (SA): Studio Gram for Rose Park House / Photography: Timothy Kaye

Best of State Award for Residential Design (WA): Iota and Studio Roam for Lewis House / Photography: Jack Lovel

Best of State Award for Residential Design (ACT): SJS Interior Design for Hill Residence / Photography Tom Ferguson 

Best of State Awards for Residential Design (TAS): Tanner Architects for Mays Point / Photography: Adam Gibson

Residential Decoration, Commendation: Arent and Pyke for Legato House / Photography: Anson Smart

Residential Decoration, Commendation: YSG Studio for Soft Serve / Photography: Prue Ruscoe

To see the full list of award recipients and commendations for 2022, take a look here

Images courtesy of the Australian Interior Design Awards. 

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