Åsa was invited by Cocotte Design to exhibit alvisilkchair during Designer’s Days.
Sydform arranges yearly a furniture design competition for designers in south of Sweden. The selected contributionsare shown in a touring exhibition. The winning contribution is rewarded with a scholarship.
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design’s exhibition “The moving textures” at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2011 features my design alvisilkchair. http://dkds.dk/nyheder/StockholmFF2011
The inspirational sources for alvisilkchair was the threading and interlace techniques, that we were introduced to during the project “Det Textile Møbel” (”Textile Furniture”) at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design. Another source of inspiration is an installation “Lignium”, by artist Ann Hamilton, that I saw at the Wannås Sculpture Park in the south of Sweden. She had strung thin flaxen threads between the beams in a barn. It was striking how she, using very simple means, created new dimensions and spatial concepts. The harps delicate, yet powerful, expression fascinates me, as well as its construction with strings that are thin and yet strong.
I got the idea to use silkthread to the chair at a lecture and concert with the 3000-year old chinese string instrument Qin, with strings made of silkthread. The long-staple silk is the strongest natural fiber with long durability which is proved by the fact that there are very old, well preserved Qin instruments still in existence today. Besides silk is a material that has a relatively low environmental impact. That is why I chose to use it for alvisilkchair.
alvisilkchair HAS A DESIGN EXPRESSION, HALFWAY BETWEEN A LOUNGE CHAIR & A SCULPTURE, WHERE THE THREADS CREATE NEW FORMS IN CONTRAST TO THE RUSTIC FRAME, WHERE THE BENDED PARTS IS MADE OF 4MM LAYERS OF STEAMBENDED OAK