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This April, Norway returns to Ventura Lambrate to present a fresh and far-reaching insight into the country’s culture of craft and design. Curated by designer and interior architect Katrin Greiling, Everything is Connected brings together the biggest contemporary talents in Norwegian design and craft to tell the story of the country’s creative scene today.
Everything is Connected seeks to present design and craft in the context of their creation, considering each piece’s place within Norway’s infrastructure of production facilities, workshops, materials access and innovation, personal networks, logistics and educational programmes. A designer or craftsperson, after all, is not an island, separate from their society, but a part of a broader cultural narrative in which everything is connected.
The team behind Structure have joined forces once more for Everything is Connected: Norwegian designers’ union Klubben; DOGA Design and Architecture Norway, campaigning national craft resource Norwegian Crafts; and Jotun, one of the world’s most respected paint manufacturers.
Over the five days of the exhibition, these four pioneering organisations will bring together 30 of Norway’s most exciting and accomplished design studios and cra practitioners for a show that celebrates product, process and production, as well as every stage in the journey from maker to market. Presenting products and prototypes spanning home- wares, furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics and sculpture, the participants comprise international names and rising stars, veterans of Structure and fresh discoveries – all hand-picked by curator Katrin Greiling.
‘Norway is such a good example of how to nurture the design and craft industries, acknowledging their impact on the national image. I want to highlight the importance of dialogue between craftspeople, designers and industry and explore how this conversation could be fed. Skills should be embraced and carried on, translated into a contemporary language. My hope is that visitors can understand design within its context, reflecting on the importance of the choices they make as consumers.’
– Katrin Greiling, Curator
Photography by Lasse Fløde.
Everything is Connected – (Full Press Release here)
4–9 April 2017
6 Via Ventura,Ventura Lambrate, Milan