Crafts Collection 17

Have more – own less Exquisite craftsmanship, a focus on details, thorough knowledge of materials and the high level of quality from the Danish design tradition are the characteristics of the new Danish Crafts Collection CC17. The collection debuts at Maison & Objet in Paris from 6 through 10 September 2013 at Now Design à Vivre. – “Have more – own less” seems to be the new motto, which implies a paradigm shift in our attitude to consumption that makes the quality of craft even more relevant today, says Danish Crafts’ curator Nina Tolstrup. – In a globalized world where everything has been streamlined for mass production products have become more and more homogenous. When we travel and visit the leading cities in the world, we are confronted with familiar global brands. In this perspective locally produced products with provenance and heritage, created by makers, using unique skills and techniques are being appreciated and re-valued with a new perspective of understanding the reality of globalization, Nina Tolstrup continues. The new Danish Crafts Collection CC17, offers exactly these unique qualities. But the collection also offers a constant curiosity and exploration of materials that have the capacity to inspire new and better design products. – Craft is all about the sense of and sensibility to detail. An understanding of the properties of materials and their possibilities. We see these attributes that craft brings affecting stateof- the art methods in design, and vice versa. Not as separate disciplines but together, they explore new avenues, says Nina Tolstrup. Photos by Jule Hering