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Dimension LxWxH (cm): 40x40x45
Material : MDF, Mirrorglass
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Burning coal is a major cause of carbon dioxide emissions. Despite this knowledge, the use of coal is increasing and it is expected to continue doing so. My project, “KOL”, is inspired by coal with its beautiful, shiny surface that stands in contrast to the materials’ devastating consequences for both man and earth.

When I developed this concept, I was fascinated by the many stories that the material carries and its history. All from the harsh life in the coal mines (like here in Skåne, Höganäs), innovation, development, fuel, or just the fact that a diamond is composed of carbon atoms arranged in a particular pattern. Somehow I got caught up in the contradiction that a material that has so much darkness and dirtiness to it can also be experienced as so incredibly beautiful visually.

In my fascination for the material, I decided to try to transfer that feeling of the material so that it would be reflected in both shape and material. That’s why I choose to make jars for jewellery because it’s associated with valuable things and that’s also why I choose to work with black MDF, since it’s a material with similar characteristics as coal. It has this powder that is black and sticks everywhere and it is also dangerous to inhale during production.

The side table is supposed to be an exaggerated almost kitschy interpretation of my own double feeling towards coal.

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Weight 26 kg
Dimensions 42 × 43 × 50 cm
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Studio Kajsa Willner is a cross-disciplinary business working with designing products on commission and for studio production, visualizing spatial installations, as curator and exhibition architect and with initiating new projects in collaboration with other organizations or partners.   Her studio sets out to playfully challenge conceptions of what design is and should be, creating products and interiors that introduce new ideas and concepts into everyday life.   Kajsa Willner has an international experience and holds a bachelor degree in furniture and industrial design. After finishing her studies in Italy Kajsa moved to the Netherlands to gain some work experience. She returned to Sweden and founded Studio Kajsa Willner in Malmö 2013.   Studio Kajsa Willner has exhibited at Liljevalchs, was nominated for Young Swedish Form 2014/15, and won bronze in the A’ Design Award in 2017. In 2016 Kajsa was awarded an artist-in-residence by Konst in Halland at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko. Later in 2019 Kajsa Willner and Swedese will launch their collaboration on site specific furniture pieces commissioned for the re-opening of Hallands Konstmuseum, curated by Jenny Nordberg.   The style of Studio Kajsa Willner is characterazied by the meeting between minimalism and naivism with a penchant for the unconventional.

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New Solid is a vision to feel and live with art. It is the first show of Casa Nueva, a livable gallery space and apartment hotel initiated by designers River Valadez and Sebastián Arroyo Hoebens, built on the idea that art can be inhabited. We invite visitors to participate in the dialogue among transdisciplinary works from the contemporary art and design scene. It concerns functional art designed and conceived by artists from two magnificent cities, Mexico City and New York, in a correlation founded in geometry, technology, and crafts. The artworks, bliss for the contemplative eye and a joy to use, will invite the beholder to examine the floating and multidimensional character of concepts such as mass, volume, or weight. The location, equipped as a functional living space, can be found in the historical center of Mexico City. The event will be part of the Design Week Mexico festivities in partnership with Adorno, acting as the international design and logistics platform, as well as Ángulo Cero, an Art Gallery with astonishing designs located in Mexico City, and with the support of Yunuen Sariego, promoter and curator of contemporary art based in Mexico City.