Materials Matter


Research into raw and natural materials & extended lifespan of textiles.

Curated by Pil Bredahl

From the curator

The first collection from Denmark is defined by designers who privilege the use of natural materials and place an emphasis on handmade craftsmanship. I have chosen designers who create their works on their own, producing projects that can be seen both as works of art and at the same time as typical examples of functional Danish design.

The scientific and sensuous way Jonas Edward, for example, works with his materials in his “Gesso” project, or Martine Myrup’s integration of irregularities and imperfections in her source material into her designs, making the former life and function of the fabric an integral part of the finished item, illustrate the new landscape of Danish design today.


“I find it difficult to defend the notion of designing new stuff from scratch when we are surrounded by products everywhere”

– Martine Myrup

New life for the overlooked

Inspiration can come from many places. In the case of Jonas Edvard or Martine Myrup, it is a matter of activating a particular resource or material, and utilizing it innovate ways to create objects that have resonance both visual and physical.

Always placing a strong emphasis on sustainability, Edvard aims to contribute to the conversation about how we can achieve healthier lifestyles and a cleaner planet. He favors simple, functional objects that give back what they take, producing a circular economy with minimal waste.

Myrup, meanwhile, always allows the history and purpose of materials she reclaims or recycles to play a central role in the objects and sculptures she produces from them. Taking a clear inspiration from ancient Japanese crafts, she takes pleasure from transforming discarded unappreciated items into architectural objects of simply, elegant beauty.


Faxe Beach, Denmark


First night in Tokyo, Japan (Dreaming of Japan)

Natural & Upcycled

Limestone is a highly versatile material that is used to produce a wide range of materials, from toothpaste to smoke scrubbers. Calcium, which is the main component of limestone, is a key building block in human and animal bones, and by creating objects in this material, Jonas Edvard hopes to contribute to a domain of commercial production that allows consumers play an active role in living and consuming responsibly and sustainably.

In a similar vein, Martine Myrup seeks always to extend the life-span of each bit of textile she uses, transforming the original material into something new and unique. A 1950s tablecloth, for example, may find new life as part of a plush toy, while a dated blouse may be converted into a decorative urn.

Mineral soup in the quarry


Vintage textile, Myrup Studio

Jonas Edvard

“My work is focused on research into raw and natural materials, the history of their use and the future of their existence”

– Jonas Edvard

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Scraps are collected and reused (GESSO Project)


Coral Chalk from Faxe Kalkbrud (GESSO Project)

“With an alchemist’s approach to the design process, he plays with our perception of materiality, shape and function to create products that appeal to a wider range of sensibilities and place the material into a new context of aesthetic value and functionality.”

– Crafts Collection on the work of Jonas Edvard

“Martine finds inspiration in old-fashioned low-tech methods such as patchwork and the idea of extending the life of a dress or a tablecloth with a hole or a stain, stretching the fabric to make a vessel… Martine Myrup’s background as a sculptor guides her into a three-dimensional domain with an architect’s spatial approach. “

– Crafts Collection on the work of Martine Myrup


Silk Threads for Giant Flowers (Dreaming of Japan)


Laundry Day, Shirawago, Japan (Dreaming of Japan)

Video: Danish Crafts Collection


Detail shot from “Sometimes I feel a bit famous”



GESSO Lamp, Ochre/White

The Result

Danish designers’ emphasis on natural materials, and their commitment to simple functionality, result in projects that can be seen both as works of art, and, at the same time, as typical examples of Danish design. These objects and products contain elements beyond the purely aesthetic.

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