SIGVE KNUTSON (1991 - )
Sigve Knutson (b. 1991, Norway) is an experimental designer based in between Oslo and Eindhoven. He obtained an MA in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016. His practice is motivated by a drawing mentality and a fascination for the intuitive and playful rather than the smoothened and planned. Through a series of methods and material combinations that allows for intuition and spontaneous actions, he aims to make his objects in the same free-way as he would make a drawing.
His designs are reminiscent of ancient objects, hammered and shaped with basic tools, evoking thoughts of the stone and iron ages. His desire is to increase the viewers understanding of materials and their relationship with everyday objects. Knutson's integrates art and design, in terms of expression, the sculptural qualities of the works are often emphasized rather than the practical and functional ones. Knutson's works could be defined as studies of humanity: all of his products have been shaped by hand and result in a clear relationship between the human hand and body. In the creation of his pieces Knutson prefers to use old, even ancient materials, and he believes that primitive methods are a way of searching for a connection to the collective past of the humanity.
DESIGN MUSEUM GHENT
MAR 13 2020 - FEB 21 2021
Poème Brut was an exhibition that explored designers’ renewed interest in crafts, local techniques and materials. In recent years, focus has shifted to manufacturing processes and materiality as a counterpoint to dematerialization and globalization. Underpinning the exhibition was the outcome of the research into materials and techniques. Some designs use old, forgotten materials and new techniques or technology to process them, while others are the result of an old craft but created with a new material.
KLEUREYCK. VAN EYCK’S
COLOUR IN DESIGN
KLEUREYCK DESIGN MUSEUM
MAR 13 2019 - FEB 21 2020
The design museum of Ghent presented the exhibition “Van eyck’s colours in design”. The contemporary show was based on the flemish master Jan Van Eyck’s skilful use of color. The curators Siegrid Demyttenaere and Sofie Lachaert brought together a selection of flemish designers and international names, including Nendo, Sabine Marcelis, Muller van Severen and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec among others. The exhibition was due to open in March but was delayed till post quarantine. The exhibition was thus extended to February 2021.
JUN 2020 - SEP 2020
CASAVELLS is a unique almost hidden space in the Catalonian region of L’Empordà, set in an antique masía (farmhouse) from XVIII century that brings together a harmonic coexistence be- tween art, craft and design. Committed to innovation and tradition, the gallery collects, preserves, and promotes modern and contemporary art and design, whilst exploring ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial initiatives and collaborations. Casavells 2020 combined a younger generation of designers born after 1980, exploring new techniques, materials and sensations of the design world. Alongside the display of cutting edge colorful organic forms, the 2020 edit dedicated a room to a collective exhibition of craft including works by contemporary basket makers from around the world, promoting and preserving ancient techniques, as well as experimenting with new and innovative weaves.
TURN ME ON... NOW!
MAR 25 2019 - JUL 25 2019
Turn me on…NOW was an exhibition presented by Side Gallery in Barcelona. The spring/summer show was dedicated to unveiling the diversity of contemporary lighting. Being the only design gallery in the city the exciting show brought together a selection of young artists and designers born after the year 1980 displaying a wide variety of material techniques and conceptual ideas. The group show boasted works by Sabine Marcelis, Guillermo Santomà, James Shaw and Martin Rusak among others.
MAR 04 2020 - MAR 08 2020
The 2020 edition of COLLECTIBE Design Fair in Brussels was held at the iconic Vanderborght building. The fair is dedicated exclusively to 21st century contemporary design, giving Side Gallery the opportunity to show the works of designers whose concepts were at the forefront of creativity. Side Gallery featured a selected group of young international designers whose works promoted and explored the new ways of the design world, focusing on the investigation of materials, forms and techniques. Side Gallery presented works from Rodrigo Pinto, Lukas Saint-Joigny, Sophie Rowley, Sigve Knutson and the iconic Sabine Marcelis.
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