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Design-exhibition and collaboration between designer Birgitte Due Madsen, architect Anne Dorthe Vester and curator Henriette Noermark during 3daysofdesign.

Alice Folker Gallery is from 2 June - 29 July 2023 hosting a design-exhibition, that exhibits the value of great collaboration, solid craftsmanship and clear mediation.

The exhibition, which is part of the 3daysofdesign festival 2023, examines the role and importance of the curator and the presentation of a given design, and highlights the necessity of an interdisciplinary process and mediation. Designer Birgitte Due Madsen, architect Anne Dorthe Vester and curator Henriette Noermark have united towards the idea of creating a well-defined, common quantity, where every participants contribution to the exhibition matters equally.

While the dialogue takes off based on selected, existing works by Birgitte Due Madsen (Lucid Chair, 2023, Neon Cast, 2023 and Breton Cubes, 2022) and Anne Dorthe Vester (Kilen, 2022 and Vitrine, 2023), it will lead to a series of shared works signed by all three parties, with a visible kinship to the existing portfolios of the two designers. In the exhibition, these new works will be presented next to and among the objects, that form the point of departure for the collaboration, and the basis of existence for the series.

The new series is a collection of handmade furniture, consisting of bases of terrazzo combined with seats of light lamella-structures in Douglas Fir from Dinesen. The lightness of the seats is highlighted in the contrastful meeting with the heavy modules of terrazzo, and while the lamella-structures final design appears naturally fragile at first sight, it is strong and durable.

The exhibition is created in collaboration with Max Kejser Mortensen from Byggeselskabet C. F. Hansen. When working with the terrazzo, traditional and CO2 heavy materials are replaced with broken surplus glass from Holmegaard, recycled bricks and crushed concrete.

Artist Sonja Ferlov Mancoba used the south african term ubuntu, meaning "I am, because we are" og signed several of her works with EWS, the initials of her husband Ernest Mancoba, their son Wonga and herself. Presence, dedication and inclusion are in Kinship as important factors as the final object itself. The exhibition focuses aesthetically and with transparency on the often overlooked, unsaid or even invisible collaborations, that all designers, architects and curators are part of, and which improves both individual and serial works.
Birgitte Due Madsen, artist and designer, is living and working in Copenhagen. Her portfolio ranges from handmade custom and serial furniture to sculptures and unique pieces. With a constant awareness and humility toward functionality and quality her professional integrity lies in the fascination of the elongated project which examines elements such as materiality and aesthetics and which allows the project to develop in abstract form before it is formalized. Through an autonomous and unpretentious approach, she integrates materials such as gypsum, resin, Neon, concrete, or stone and uses various techniques to achieve her design ideals. Her works are characterized by a subtle, poetic color scheme, tactile textures, and a strict, playful geometry. After graduating from the The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, school of Design, Birgitte established her own studio engaging in different collaborations. She has received multiple grants and honorary prizes and continuingly participated in international exhibitions and fairs such as Salone del Mobile, Milano, IM Cologne, Cologne and Maison et Objet, Paris.

Anne Dorthe Vester, lives and works in Copenhagen, and is a masters graduate from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and studied for her BA at Aarhus School of Architecture. She has a background in craft and has taken courses in fine woodwork at KTS (Copenhagen Technical College) and Capellagården, School for Craft and Design founded by Carl Malmsten. She is member of The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition (Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling) and The Danish Artists' Society (Kunstnersamfundet). Her work is based on the study and processing of materials. Whether large or small in scale, she seeks to unfold the inherent qualities and technical potential of materials. Craftsmanship is central to her process and to her material understanding. Her work is developed though an experimental and exploratory approach, grounded in the Danish design tradition. Anne Dorthe Vester founded her own studio with a focus on architecture and design in 2012. She cofounded MBADV with Maria Brunn, where from 2013 until 2022 they collaborated on projects at the intersection of architecture, design and fine art.

Henriette Noermark is an independent curator and freelance writer based in Copenhagen. She is specialised in the field between contemporary crafts and art with exhibitions at Augustiana Kunstpark & Kunsthal, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Carvalho Park, HB381, KH7 Artspace, Patrick Parrish Gallery, Spring/Break Art Show, Mark Kenley Domino Tan, A. Petersen Collection, Les Gens Heureux, Residency Unlimited, Kultuni Centar Beograda i.a. She curated the first CURIO at Chart Art Fair at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and the art programme, Heartland Temporary, for Heartland Festival. As a writer she has edited several publications and exhibition catalogues and contributes to Danish and international design and art magazines such as TL Magazine, Politiken, Oak - The Nordic Journal, Børsen Pleasure, Elle Decoration, RUM, Design Anthology, Metropolis, Trouvé and Journal du Thé.

2 June - 29 July 2023

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