I a short while ago went to Copenhagen for 3 Days of Style and design – Denmark’s yearly style festival showcasing the very best in Scandinavian design and style. The event is no cost and open up to every person – style and design fans flock to the cash to get a peek inside showrooms and galleries, and see the latest exhibitions and style talks. It was so good to last but not least be able to see structure up shut and personal, soon after two several years or so mainly stuck at property thanks to the pandemic. There’s very little like observing a piece of furnishings in individual, touching the products with your personal fingers and observing the craftsmanship in detail.
One of my favorite demonstrates of the festival was Co/Work by Danish style model Karakter and structure journal Ark Journal. Their exhibition, impeccably styled by Pernille Vest and established in a neutral, minimalist apartment in the city centre, targeted on the interplay in between household and work. Featuring new designs and relaunched classics, it introduced a refined, sophisticated planet that blurred the boundaries between formality and convenience.
Karakter’s home furnishings has a sculptural quality that lends alone to a resourceful way of living. The area presented could be a sculpture’s atelier, but it could also similarly be an artist’s household or a collaborative function studio. It provides the issue, are Karakter’s designs a piece of art or a functional piece of home furniture? Possibly they don’t require to be 1 of the other. But alternatively this is proof that you can curate your dwelling like your possess individual artwork gallery, and model your business as you would at dwelling.
All images Cate St Hill
I very first learned Karakter during Milan Design and style Week and afterwards at 3 Times of Style in 2018. Karakter’s ethos pairs the Scandinavian design and style tradition with an intercontinental outlook (they are component of the exact same company as Italian brand Cassina).
They function with present-day designers these as Aldo Bakker and PlueerSmitt, but they also have the rights to a vary of design icons by the likes of Bodil Kjær, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Paul McCobb and Joe Colombo. It’s this meeting of old and new that provides the manufacturer a timeless aesthetic that defies time durations or traits.
For 3 Days of Design and style, in the location of this minimalist condominium, Karakter showcased the GB Lounge chair by Dutch industrial designer Gijs Bakker. Made in 1972 and motivated by a levels of competition held by Dunlop, Bakker produced a comfortable modular chair by bending a piece of foam and securing it with a steel frame. First upholstered in denim, it was originally dubbed ‘the Levi’s Chair’. Just like a pair of properly worn denims, Bakker wanted to build a peaceful, easygoing design that expressed the flexibility of the Seventies.
The GB Lounge can be organized in a range of ways, utilizing connectors to change it from a a single-seater chair to a generous a number of seating technique.
The simple traces and refined varieties unite Karakter’s home furniture into a single relatives. I love how the black body of the GB Lounge is mirrored in the black legs of the desks, the floating black cabinets and the black undertaking lights. It allows produce a cohesive space that feels quiet and managed.
You can find out far more about the wonderful household furniture and individual pieces in this minimalist condominium at karakter-copenhagen.com.