30 Aug – 1 Sep
CHART Design Fair presents ambitious contemporary collectible design from across the Nordic region, bringing together the best Nordic design galleries and emerging design studios. Focusing on unique contemporary works, limited edition pieces and collectibles, CHART Design Fair unites established designers and emerging talents whose practices and originality contribute to the development of the Nordic design scene.
In 2019, CHART Design Fair focused exclusively on contemporary practices in two parts: a presentation of prominent galleries and a display of emerging studios and collectives from across the region.
CHART Design Fair provides a unique look at the Nordic scene for collectible design, highlighting both internationally esteemed practitioners as well as local talents, by presenting leading design galleries, designers, artists, and craft makers. Exhibited in unison throughout the historic rooms of Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, CHART Design Fair gathers a cross section of the contemporary design scene, creating a platform to showcase the most original contemporary collectible Nordic design.
In 2019 CHART invited a select group of emerging studios and design collectives from the Nordic countries to present new unique works, many of which were shown for the first time. Studio presentations explored the intersection between art and design and exhibited the most compelling contemporary practitioners currently working across the region.
In 2019, CHART Design Fair hosted a series of talks focusing on collectible design addressing the role of Nordic material and craft heritage today. Set in a social space between the Design Fair and the Studio presentations, talks discussed the performativity of design, past and future materials and methods, and nurturing the collecting of design. The design talks programme was co-developed and moderated by Johanna Agerman Ross, Founder and Director of the design journal Disegno and Curator of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Furniture and Product Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
CHART Design is located at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, a significant building within Nordic art and design history. The first artists’ association to be founded in Denmark, Den Frie was designed by architect, artist, and ceramicist J.F Willumsen, who established the venue with an ethos that regarded fine arts and design as equals, treating the disciplines as companions. Leaning on this philosophy, CHART Design aims to support this tradition of art and design as partners in aesthetic value.