This annual travelling exhibition of emerging Swedish talent is now in its eighth year. The 2011 showcase at Designersblock continues the initiative set up in 1998 by Svenk, Form and the Form/Design Center. Chosen by a jury each year, this year’s project manager is Karin Wiberg; the show celebrates innovative youthful creativity.
Looking at possible concepts for jewellery of the future, ‘Scale of Existence’ by Farvash Razavi is a project that explores how decorative adornment can also be functional. Silver wire is encapsulated in a delicate film, partly made from cellulose and aceto bacteria, infused with ‘healing’ vitamins. The pieces have the ability to accelerate healing by helping to repair damaged skin on contact.
Märta Mattson’s jewellery concept, ‘Rebirth’ was another highlight. Bugs encapsulated in Perspex were sliced in two; the ‘specimens’ innards replaced with sparkling golden crystals. The project was based on the contrasting, simultaneous emotions of attraction and disgust.
‘Homage to the Elm trees’ by Lies-Marie Hoffman is a beautifully simplistic bench made by slicing though the trunk of an elm – celebrating its beauty by keeping the character of the tree very much intact.
More bold simplicity came from Maria Johansson’s brass archive spike in the shape of an over-sized drawing pin. Called ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’, the exaggerated proportion is partly intended to make the documents and bills impaled on it seem much smaller.
Lukas Dahln’s fun lighting concept was also a favourite. A glass ‘balloon’ light is ‘caught’ effectively in the simple wooden stand.
Finally, Maria Sandberg’s ‘Biotopia’ project has resulted in a great, hand tied carpet created from wool and nettle yarns. Maria uses “materials that reduce the use of chemicals in both the indoor and outdoor environments”. Her personal vision of utopia is, “of future sustainable textile design, where nature and high technology live in symbiosis – where humans, robots and animals help each other in the textile process, in a futuristic, green industrial garden”.
For further information – and to see the other designer’s projects – visit the Designersblock website.