In-Person Event 3 Days of Design Leads with Sustainability
The Danish design industry tentatively welcomed back in-person events earlier this month, as 3 Days of Design opened its doors with a slew of innovative launches presented on-site and online (September 3-5). We compile our highlights.
- Favouring Face-to-Face: After a mostly fair-free year, brands were excited to present new collections to a real-life audience. “I think many people have been yearning to come," said Christian Andresen, head of design at Danish brand Fritz Hansen. To achieve personal distancing, brands such as Copenhagen’s Takt opted for outdoor presentations, while others chose large warehouse spaces with limited visitors.
- Recycling Refresh: Recycled materials are prolific in launches. Copenhagen-based brand Mater presented new stools featuring composites of recycled grain from Carlsberg beer production and plastic reclaimed from insulin pens, as well as a chair made out of recycled fishing nets. Likewise, Danish brand &Tradition launched its Rely chair with a 100% recycled plastic shell.
- Homegrown Timber: London designer Daniel Schofield launched an update of his Crofton stool with Danish collective Please Wait to be Seated in local and fast-growing Nordic pine. Meanwhile, Spanish brand Foresta launched a collection of ICF-certified timber furniture and accessories from a naturally reforested plantation in Honduras. The brand’s connection to this single plantation means that products are completely traceable.
- Figuring Multifunctionality: Designers are pushing for multifunctional products that can respond to changing needs and tastes. Stockholm studio All Matters’ new rug collection is comprised of customisable panels that bind together with leather straps. Users can reassemble the design as they like, and replace individual panels as needed. Meanwhile, Danish designers Kasper Kyster and Brooklyn-based Bjarke Ballisager both create timber furniture with stepped edges, so that each piece can be sturdily assembled in different configurations without joining mechanisms.