Four Talents to Watch from Beckmans’ 2018 Graduation Show
At last year’s Beckmans product-design graduation show, the Stockholm-based students were asked to create objects that went beyond their own needs. But for this year’s crop of students, the overarching theme seemed to be looking inward, with projects stemming from an interrogation of their own childhoods, homes, and desires. Among our favorites, Jennie Aden created a collection that wondered what certain objects might look like if they were created from scratch rather than industrially produced; she worked with wool, wood, polyspore fungus, elk, and slate sourced from a village in Sweden to which she has a personal connection. In developing an aesthetic that would best represent her own vision, Sarah Hasselqvist studied the emotional connection to her most prized possessions — going so far as to include research based on conversations with a psychologist, a Gestalt therapist, and a hypnotist. Klara W. Hedengren created plywood-backed mirrors whose shapes reflect a body in motion, one sitting, and one resting, as a means to open up a conversation about how we see ourselves and other people. And Liga Bulmiste looked around her own home and wondered why bathroom furnishings can’t be as individualistic, sculptural, and frankly interesting as the rest of our possessions; her take on the toilet certainly merits a conversation. Take a look at our selects below.
Klara W. Hedengren