“Gatherings” – An exhibition on the ethical responsibilities of a designer

A designer must look beyond the surface. It is the designer's responsibility to understand the ethical implications of the choice of material, form and function. This is the statement of the 10 students from the Wood-Oriented Furniture Design programme at HDK who exhibit "Gatherings" at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2017.

How we meet each other and the objects around us are common issues in the 10 projects. The students have investigated how the designer can control and influence the meeting between people and the interaction with the objects through the choice of material, form and function. The projects also show the possible implications of the designer's choices – both for the individual and society.

There is an elephant in the room. But we're not talking about it. Mariska Lamiaud’s work Mokita is a contemporary version of a talking stick that is supposed to help us talk about difficult subjects and overcome our fears of conflict. With Mokita the elephant in the room has become something we can grasp, talk about and pass on. An object that creates space for everyone to speak her/his opinion.

– With this project I hope I can make people aware that they can generate new ideas and find solutions to problems if they dare to discuss them with others, says Mariska Lamiaud.

With the project Kuvert Johan Andersson focuses on how the table setting and cutlery affect the social meeting around the dinner table. The historical connection between class and table manners got Johan to investigate the significance of shape and material for how we understand the objects around us. The result is a set of abstract cutlery that opens up for new experiences around the dinner table.

The projects have been realized in partnership with Forbo.

Exhibiting students in stand:
Johan Andersson
Joe Clark
Robert Curran
Anke Dold
Alice Hultdin
Mariska Lamiaud
Lisha Li
Sofia Nilsson
Marie-Louise Velthuijzen
Yang Yong-Kang

Date: February 7−11, 2017
Booth: VH04: 28
Official opening of the stand: Tuesday February 7 at 2 pm

For more information and interviews/contact:
Programme director Rasmus Malbert, rasmus.malbert@hdk.gu.se , 0709–205 058
Student Sofia Nilsson: nilsson.annasofia@gmail.com , 0708–730 200
Communications Officer: Carina Krantz: carina.krantz@hdk.gu.se , 0701–463 996

Website: hdkstenebyfurniturefair.com
Instagram: # gatherings2017

Press images
4 high-resolution images attached. Additional photos can be downloaded at www.hdkstenebyfurniturefair.com
Photographer: Marie-Louise Velthuijzen

HDK participates in Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017 with two stands: "Gatherings" and "Almost Complete".
More on Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair: stockholmfurniturelightfair.se

Carina Krantz
Communications Officer
HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts
e-mail: carina.krantz@hdk.gu.se

telephone : +46 31–786 6521, +46 701–46 39 96

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With this project I hope I can make people aware that they can generate new ideas and find solutions to problems if they dare to discuss them with others.
Mariska Lamiaud