CHART Curio: Investigating the material of the future


25 June 2019


CHART 2019

Close-up of 'Inside Out', a lamp made of cow intestines by Kathrine Barbro Bendixen.

This year’s CHART Curio initiative manifests as a design exhibition created in collaboration with Designmuseum Danmark. Five young designers from the Nordic countries, who work innovatively with design’s materiality, have been chosen to exhibit work in the newly built exhibition vitrines in front of Designmuseum Danmark. By exploring and asking questions concerning material use and value in the contemporary field of design.  In the exhibition titled Matters, CHART Curio addresses materiality; a theme that encompasses the entirety of CHART’s 2019 public programme.

Matters – Rethinking Materials is a curated exhibition aimed at presenting young design talents in a non-commercial context. The exhibition is curated by Line Ulrika Christiansen, Institute Head of Domus Academy Milano, together with Pernille Stockmarr, Curator at Designmuseum Danmark. Matters presents the five young designers who each in their own way showcase a visionary approach to rethinking how materials, ranging from the synthetic to the organic, can shape new conceptual ideas for a more sustainable future of design.

Curator of Matters Line Ulrika Christiansen elaborates:

Matters explores new and uncharted routes of materials often considered useless by humans, by challenging both its synthetic and organic ecosystems. The exhibited works question immaterial dimensions such as time, how environment and natural phenomena can affect a design process, in a humble search and celebration of natures as a fundamental inspiration.’

One exhibitor representing this progressive approach to the field of design today is Finnish designer Antrei Hartikainen, who was named Young Designer of the Year 2018 by Design Forum Finland. Hartikainen’s practice is centered around wood and explores the boundaries between art and utility, as an aesthetic concept. He works from a desire to reveal the myriad of possibilities of this specific material while aiming to create unique work that answer to the imperatives of practicality, craftsmanship and the medium itself.

Another new talents presented at Matters is Danish designer Kathrine Barbro Bendixen. Bendixen works progressively with an innovative use of materials, mixing the sustainable with the human-made. Among other projects, working from this perspective, Bendixen has recently created unique lighting pieces from cow intestines, challenging our understanding of the use value of certain materials.

Matters illustrates how young Nordic designers work with material innovation. They use the rising global challenges as a catalysator for making new conceptual design ideas. To reshape society for the better, they push the boundaries of materials by rethinking the design process and mixing man-made inventions with often overlooked materials and mechanisms derived from nature,’ says Pernille Stockmarr, Curator at Designmuseum Danmark, who has co-curated the exhibition.

CHART Curio is an initiative seeking to advance talented young designers on the contemporary Nordic design scene. It is an integrated part of CHART’s talent programme also consisting of CHART Emerging, a curated exhibition of young artists, and CHART Architecture, an architectural competition to build a temporary pavilion for newly graduated architects.

More on CHART Curio.

Matters – Rethinking Materials will be on show at Designmuseum Danmark’s outdoor Museum Plaza from 28 Aug 2019 – 29 Mar 2020.

Glass exhibition cabinets in front of Designmuseum Danmark - Photo Credit Designmuseum Danmark