Sculptural Minimalism and Negative Space in a New Collection of Danish Design
Over the past few years, the cornerstone of our advice to young design students has always been: “Take good images of your work.” But a new collection of furniture by Danish designer Maria Bruun seems to ask an interesting, if thorny, counterpoint: “Do good images confer a greater value upon the pieces being shown?” “Good images today have more value than we have ever seen before,” explains Bruun. “Through curated photography we can invite the consumers into a unique universe and give an extra dimension to the furniture.” That’s why, for her latest collection, the Danish designer teamed up with fellow Royal Danish Academy of Design alum Pernille Andersen, a set designer with a strong background in photography. Both designers came at the collaboration with a desire to strip everything down to a minimum and focus on the idea of “non-space.”
“By using a minimum of props, almost nothing, the viewer is forced to see what many barely notice — the space around the objects,” says Andersen. “Light is an essential vehicle in photography — to direct attention to the subtle sensing material surfaces. It is almost like a painter using a brush sculpting light in space.” What the viewer notices in this case is a collection defined by something the designers call sculptural minimalism. The Mirror Mirror collection is all light, oak-framed circles, elongated ovals, and angled combinations to reflect several sides of one small space, while the Bigfoot collection — five side tables in solid ash wood and a dining table in solid oak — has massive legs like a sophisticated version of plastic toddler furniture, with sloping lines that call out for you to run your hand over the wood. Take a look at some of our favorite images from the collection below.