Natural instinct: Exhibition presents designers working with nature’s DNA

03 : 03 : 2015 Eath Matters : Stockholm : Li Edelkoort

Stockholm – Earth Matters, a compelling exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano, presents a thought-provoking look at designers exploring the potential of nature’s raw materials.

Earth Matters Exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano at Artipelag Art museum, Stockholm Earth Matters Exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano at Artipelag Art museum, Stockholm
Earth Matters Exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano at Artipelag Art museum, Stockholm Earth Matters Exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano at Artipelag Art museum, Stockholm
Earth Matters Exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano at Artipelag Art museum, Stockholm Earth Matters Exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano at Artipelag Art museum, Stockholm
Earth Matters Exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano at Artipelag Art museum, Stockholm Earth Matters Exhibition curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano at Artipelag Art museum, Stockholm

Through the lens of product design, Earth Matters provides a barometer for future material innovation and resourcing – showcasing a generation of designers working with the environment rather than against it. 

‘The design world is evolving and re-inventing the way it is positioned,’ Fimmano tells LS:N Global. ‘The exhibition illustrates a long-term path for some designers to take and consider how they want to produce their work – whether it is about rearing their own materials, or looking for alternative ways to collaborate with nature in a respectful way. It’s a decision for designers for the future.’

Designed inside the striking Artipelag art museum, the exhibition fits expertly within its environment. Set against a tall window, revealing the snowy landscape of the Swedish Archipelago site outside Fabrica’s Hot & Cold ice sculptures, are just some of the thought-provoking pieces on display. Different narratives of material investigation are explored through a number of key site-specific sections throughout the exhibition, including work from pioneering designers such as Atelier NLStudio FormaFantasma, and Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters.

The exhibition opened during Stockholm Design Week 2015 and runs until 3 May 2015. For more on Stockholm Design Week, see our Inspire section. For more on Edelkoort’s previous exhibition in 2014, read our previous seed story.

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