Egyptian designers exhibit their work in Denmark

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 May 2022

A Danish-Egyptian furniture exhibition featuring designers from both countries is being held at Trapholt Kunst Museum in Kolding, Denmark Dubbed Bilingual Design, the exhibition runs between 5 and 12 May 2022.

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The exhibition showcases 13 stools designed by 21 Danish students from the Institute of Architecture and Design of the Royal Danish Academy and three young Egyptian designers.

According to the Trapholt Museum website, “the Egyptian designers and the Danish students were given the assignment to focus on innovative inspiration from ancient Egyptian furniture design.” 

“They were encouraged to revisit an important source of inspiration for some of the leading figures of the Scandinavian design movement who created iconic pieces such as ‘The Egyptian Stool’ (Ole Wanscher) and ‘The Egyptian Chair’ (Finn Juhl),” the statement said.

“By highlighting the keywords ‘form follows function’ and ‘less is more’, the designers and students were encouraged to delve even more into the spirit of Scandinavian design.”

The students then attended a workshop (November 2021) during which all participants, alongside local craftsmen, worked together on manufacturing the stools at Pinocchio Furniture Factory in Damietta.

During the whole process, the students and designers have been supervised by associate professor Nicolai de Gier, lecturer Andreas Lund and design manager Amr Orensa.

The workshop culminated with an exhibition at The National Museum of the Egyptian Civilisation, Old Cairo, before going on display at Trapholt Kunst Museum.

The stools are a result of a collaboration between The Royal Danish Academy, Pinocchio Furniture, Designdustry and the Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Initiative.

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