That might sound simple, as all furniture is essentially three-dimensional sculptural form. The challenge lies in combining function, comfort and craftsmanship in a sculptural expression with aesthetic and narrative substance. “Reconciling these properties to create a functioning whole takes great skill in both the designer and the manufacturer. The functional aspects must be in place, the piece has to be interesting to look at from all angles, and it should convey a clear sculptural idiom,” Chairman Mia Gammelgaard and Deputy Chairman Thomas Bentzen explain.
The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition, which is known for its experimental approach to thematic issues, cooperation constellations and products, is once again blazing new trails in an effort to give the audience a total experience. The sculptural furniture is presented in the company of the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen’s neo-classicist sculptures at Thorvaldsens Museum in Copenhagen, a truly outstanding exhibition venue, which was designed by another icon of Danish and international renown, Michael Gottlieb Bindesbøll. “Thorvaldsens Museum is an integrated total work of art with well-proportioned rooms, beautiful mosaic floors, coloured walls, ornamental friezes, stucco ceilings and unique interior details, so we have approached our task with a particular sense of reverence this year,” says Mia Gammelgaard. The setting also motivated the requirement of colour discretion and uniform proportions, which aims to ensure a clear and coherent expression in these extraordinary rooms. “We are really excited, and we can hardly wait to place our sculptural furniture ideas in dialogue with these 164-year-old surroundings and works of art,” says SE’s chairman with a smile.
This year’s field of designers and manufacturers also includes new names and faces, as a handful of guest exhibitors have been included: the established textile designer Anne Fabricius Møller, the younger designers Rasmus Trampedach, Rasmus Fenhann and Rasmus Bækkel Fex and the Swedish design duo TAF, a.k.a. Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. In addition to the guest exhibitors’ five sculptural prototypes the exhibition includes no less than thirty-six furniture sculptures by the association’s permanent members. The field is, as always, bursting with talent, innovation and exquisite craftsmanship from Denmark’s leading furniture designers and manufacturers.
We invite you to visit the exhibition to see our sculptural and innovative furniture creations, which connect with the intentions of the international conceptual agenda. We are looking forward to sharing this mix of sublime craftsmanship, sculptural fascination and Scandinavian tradition with you.
The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition (SE) is a non-commercial association of currently 76 furniture manufacturers and designers, who work together to develop and present new and experimental furniture designs in an annual exhibition along with a handful of guest exhibitors approved by the association’s board. The often theme-based exhibitions of innovative prototypes are presented to the press and the public in a topical location.
The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition (SE) is under the patronage of HRH Crown Prince Frederik.
The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition has become an important platform for the development and exposure of contemporary Danish furniture design in Denmark. A platform that the members themselves create, manage and secure the necessary funds for. In the annual showings, the board experiments with new exhibition concepts, themes and special locations, and a special effort is made to find the most talented younger graphic designers, photographers and architects to create the catalogues, press photos and exhibition architecture for the event.
Design: Anne Fabricius Møller / Manufacturer: Anne Fabricius Møller & Sine M.B. Madsen
Design: Jonas Trampedach / Manufacturer: Jonas Trampedach
Design: Rasmus B Fex / Manufacturer: Rasmus B Fex
Design: Rasmus Fenhann / Manufacturer: Rasmus Fenhann
Design: Gabriella Gustafson & Mattias Ståhlbom TAF / Manufacturer: HAY
Members of The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition (SE)
Design: Andreas Lund & Rikke Hagen / Manufacturer: Andreas Lund & Rikke Hagen
Design: benandsebastian / Manufacturer: benandsebastian
Design: Boris Berlin & Aleksej Iskos, ISKOS-BERLIN / Manufacturer: Källemo & Kvadrat
Design: Carlo Volf / Manufacturer: Nielaus A/S
Design: Cecilie Manz / Manufacturer: Cecilie Manz Studio
Design: Christina L Halstrøm / Manufacturer: Simon Hofer & Herfølge Kleinsmedie. / Textile Elvang Denmark
Design: Christina Strand / Manufacturer: Aksel Kjergaard A/S
Design: Claus Bjerre / Manufacturer: The joiner’s workshop at HKI – Hans Knudsen Instituttet
Design: Ditte Hammerstrøm / Manufacturer: Peter Jensen, Broncestøberiet Leif Jensen ApS
Design: Dögg Guðmundsdóttir / Manufacturer: Dögg Design
Design: Erling Christoffersen / Manufacturer: Erling Christoffersen
Design: Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen / Manufacturer: Copenhagen Technical College, Rødovre
Design: Holmbäck/Nordentoft / Manufacturer: 8000C
Design: Hanne Vedel / Manufacturer: Spindegården
Design: Henrik Sørig / Manufacturer: Møbelsnedkeri Kjeldtoft
Design: Jeremy Walton / Manufacturer: Anstalten ved Herstedvester
Design: Jørgen Rasmussen, R & R Design / Manufacturer: Jørgen Rasmussen, R & R Design
Design: Karen Kjærgaard / Manufacturer: Forbo Flooring
Design: Lise & Hans Isbrand / Manufacturer: Møbelsnedkeri Kjeldtoft
Design: Lise & Hans Isbrand / Manufacturer: Møbelsnedkeri Kjeldtoft
Design: Lovorika Banovic / Manufacturer: Lovorika Banovic
Design: Mia Gammelgaard / Manufacturer: HAY
Design: Mogens Toft / Manufacturer: JM Rør A/S
Design: Monique Engelund / Manufacturer: ceramics by Lars Rank
Design: Niels Gammelgaard / Manufacturer: Malte Gormsen ApS
Design: Niels Gammelgaard / Manufacturer: Magnus Olesen a/s
Design: Niels Jørgen Haugesen / Manufacturer: JM Rør A/S & Niels Jørgen Haugesen
Design: Peter Johansen / Manufacturer: Malte Gormsen ApS
Design: Philip Bro Ludvigsen / Manufacturer: Fredericia Furniture
Design: Poul Christiansen / Manufacturer: One Collection
Design: Steen Dueholm Sehested / Manufacturer: Steen Dueholm Sehested
Design: Søren Ulrik Petersen / Manufacturer: Molgaard APS
Design: Søren Ulrik Petersen / Manufacturer: Aksel Kjersgaard A/S
Design: Thomas E. Alken / Manufacturer: Erik Jørgensen A/S
Design: Torben Skov / Manufacturer: Montana
Design: Troels Grum-Schwensen / Manufacturer: Malte Gormsen ApS
The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition (SE)
Karin Carlander, The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition (SE)
T +45 2988 1418
Marble Pouf (A, B, C). A tiny landscape of rather hard boufs – like steppingstones.
Design: Cecilie Manz.
Manufacturer: Cecilie Manz Tegnestue.
Upside-Down Table. We have for a long time been fascinated by the underside of furniture and the contructions you find when for example turning a table or a chair upside down. There are a lot of beauty and excellency in craftsmanship to reveal by this game. To make these kind of details visible we choose to position them in a new way, Upside Down.
Design: Gabriella Gustafson & Mattias Ståhlbom, TAF.
Material: Ash Wood.
Design: Foersom & Hiort-Lorenzen.
Manufacturer: Københavns Tekniske Skole, Rødovre.
Carried out by apprentice cabinetmakers Nicklas Skov Jensen & Rasmus Haarby Drevald.
Material: Oregon Pine and maple.
Material: Cobber, corian.
All photos: Petra Bindel.