Of all the things we’ve made over the past many years this is by far the wildest one: 9 months in the making and now 5 weeks old, meet Sofie’s new baby, Bjørn. Big congratulations to Sofie and Morten. While Sofie is away on maternity leave for part of this spring, Nan Na is doing a printmaking residency at Statens Værksteder for Kunst in Copenhagen in their intaglio studio, and will be traveling for a couple of months shortly after. This means we will be having some downtime at the studio, so if we are slower to respond or send out prints from our webshop, that’s why. We are looking forward to being back in May, where we will give a talk at OFFF in Barcelona on May 16th! Many amazing artists will be speaking, so don’t miss it. You can get tickets here.
We recently returned from a very inspiring trip to Oslo, where we took part in the Visuelt 2013 seminar, an anual event hosted by Grafill. We were lucky to have the chance to talk at the seminar, and also to hear lots of inspiring talks by other designers – such as B. Martin Pedersen, founder of Graphis and Adrian Westaway from Vitamins Design Studio to name a few. The food was supplied by amazing Food Studio – visit their website, it’s really worth while, these guys are doing fantastic things with food.
Earlier this year we were also invited to be a part of the Visuelt jury for their annual design competition in the Illustration category, which was a lot of fun. And we got to see the Visuelt award show, where Norway’s design talents were awarded for their works in the categories Illustration, Graphic Design & Interaction Design.
Here’s a photo of some wonderful juices prepared by Food Studio at the Visuelt party on a roof top overlooking the city.
Hans Gerhard Meier just sent us this picture of the notes he took while listening to our talk at the seminar! :–D
We just got back from an amazing trip to UK and Ireland… this is as close as we get to going on tour! We first visited London where our American agency Hugo & Marie have set up a group show called Being Dreaming at KK Outlet. The show presents a collection of works from the Hugo & Marie roster, including MVM, Mario Hugo, Merijn Hos, Santtu Mustonen, Kustaa Saksi and Tom Darracott, who we had the pleasure of meeting at the pre-show dinner, where we also did a Pecha Kucha talk at the gallery, which was a lot of fun. We also finally met Masha and Jennifer from Hugo & Marie – and we even got to meet Jennifers amazing mom!
The show opened on April 4th and will run until April 27th. If you are in London, do visit.
After this we traveled to Dublin to talk at the Offset festival, which was a huge experience. Thank you to everyone who came, and thank you for the overwhelming response we received.
We are now back in Copenhagen trying to get settled in our new studio that we moved to only last week. We are busy scheming a huge shelving system that we want to build!
At the pre-show dinner at KK Outlet. This is our new tapestry made specially for the show.
Our new Studio!
We are proud to be a part of this group show with our new N.Y. agency Hugo & Marie and their amazing team of visual artists. We will be there for the opening of the show on April 4th at 7pm. Please come by and say hi if you are in London! Read more here.
Last week, just as the cold grey weather was beginning to take over, we were lucky to be invited to speak at the Get Set Design Festival in Porto, Portugal. So we flew down a couple of days ago and presented our work at the Cinema Trindade, a very interesting cinema space that was closed down ten years ago, and has recently been re-opened to host occasional cultural events. We had a fantastic little trip, and it was especially fun and inspiring to meet the other designers who also guested the Festival and hear about their work, among others Shape Your Head, Ivan Bravo and Lucas Gutierrez. We even found out that we have a fan in Porto, and we got to give our first autographs! (outside of China…) :-D
If we ever move to Porto we are going to have a studio in this building. It’s very nice! All it needs is a roof.
Saturday the 26th of May was a very special day for us! Efterklang had a world premiere of their new album, Piramida, at the Sydney Opera House for the Vivid Live Festival. We designed scenographic elements as well as visual projections for the concert. It has been an amazing experience, and we look forward to posting more images once we are back in Copenhagen.
We just got back from Helsinki where we attended the Marimekko fashion show for the A/W 2012 collection for which we did a print that opened the show!
We LOVE Marimekko, so we are really happy that we got invited to design this print for them. It was so nice to meet all the cool women involved in designing the collection, led by Noora Niinikoski. They were all wearing beautiful colorful dresses, just as you would imagine.
Our print is called Kaiaka, which means ‘Shadowed Sea’ in Hawaiian. There is a shirt, a skirt and a dress – we will be posting more photos soon, but for now here are a couple of pictures we took after the show.
Here’s a model wearing our print.
And this is the lovely Mai Ohta, who designed the dress, shirt and skirt with our print.
We have relocated to the countryside on the island of Als, and set up a temporary work station at Bent and Doddi Stolbergs beautiful country home. But we’ll be back in town soon!
Just returned from Beijing after 10 days of working on an installation for NOTCH festival 2011. NOTCH festival is an annual event in China showcasing Nordic and Chinese artists and designers, and this year we collaborated with a local Chinese designer called Been, who we met last time we were in Beijing. We got along so well, and now we just want her to move to Denmark!
This year’s theme for the festival was Feedback, and all the artists used recycled materials found in the hutong area where the factory and exhibition space is situated.
Our work consisted of 4 large weaving frames hanging from the ceiling. In between the cotton strings we wove pieces of colourful paper from used cigarette boxes.
If you happen to be in Beijing, you can go and see the whole exhibition at 8 Dawailangying Hutong, Dashilan, until October 9th. Other participating Nordic artists were Jacob Sikker Remin from Denmark, Tuomas Laitinen from Finland, Gudrun Kristjansdottir from Iceland and Baltos Kandys from Lithuania.