ArkDes Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design

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ArkDes Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design

Building Center in Stockholm, Sweden – architectural information + photos

11 Nov 2017

Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

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A Print Stockholm
16 November – 3 December

A Print Stockholm
photo courtesy of ArkDes

There is a revolution underway in architecture and design publishing, that is giving a voice to independent editors and critics as never before. ArkDes dives into this debate with the help of guest curator Agnes Gidenstam and Naima Callenberg of Studio Nock, staging an exhibition in the library.

Participants include 2ha, 4ARK, Accattone, ANZA, Architektur in Gebrauch, Bricks from the Kiln, and Camenzind.

A related major symposium on contemporary architecture and design publishing takes place on 16 November.

The HI-group
until 19 November

Discover the HI-group: masters of craft, furniture and interior design from the 1960s. The HI-group – Craftsmanship in the Plastic Age is an exhibition of 30 objects, from furniture to photography, that tells a story of the renaissance of craft in an era more associated with modern, industrialised materials.

ArkDes exhibition programme 2018-2021: From Lewerentz to the design of the future

A comprehensive collections-based exhibition, a major international production, and an exhibition that sets the tone for ArkDes’ new direction – ArkDes’ 2018-2021 exhibition programme is here.

ArkDes Programme 2018-2021

9 Aug 2017
ArkDes Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design

Address: Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden

Director: Kerstin Brunnberg

Collection size: c. 3,000,000 drawings and documents; 600,000 photos; 2,000 models

Owner: Government of Sweden

Date founded: 1962

ArkDes (The Swedish centre for architecture and design)

ArkDes presents a forgotten treasure of unique furniture

HI-gruppen – hantverk i plaståldern/The HI Group – handicraft in the plastic age at ArkDes

Chairs by the HI Group
photographer / source : Sune Sundahl, the ArkDes collections

For the first time since the 1960s, furniture produced by the craft collective known as the HI Group is being gathered together in an exhibition. The now almost mystical group attracted considerable attention during the period of a little over a decade in which it was active. Now ArkDes, The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, is telling the forgotten story of a few designers who decided to swim against the prevailing current of mass-produced furniture in the 1960s. In addition to archive and photographic material from ArkDes’ own collections, the exhibition, HI-gruppen – hantverk i plaståldern/The HI Group – handicraft in the plastic age also contains unique hand-made pieces and prototypes.

Stool by the HI Group
photographer / source : Lennart Durehed

The HI Group, which was formed in the 1960, consisted not only of designers like Åke Axelsson, Hans Johansson and John Kandell, but also master craftsmen and interior designers. The aim of this combination was to bring together interior designers and furniture designers at an early stage of the creative process in order to create an opportunity to experiment without having to worry about the demands of industry. It was also a place where prototypes for industrial manufacture could be produced. At the same time, the initiative was a reaction at a time the production of crafted furniture was dominated by Danes. The underlying message was that this was something that Swedes could also do.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, the book HI-gruppen och hantverkets återkomst/The HI-group and the Return to Craft is being released as part of a collaboration with the publishing firm, Carlsson. The book was written by Johan Örn, curator of collections at ArkDes, and it also provides the basis for the exhibition.

”The HI Group strove to re-invigorate the art of furniture design in Sweden and to put handicraft back at the centre. The collections at ArkDes contain unique images of the HI Group’s pieces taken by Sune Sundahl, and these will be included in the exhibition,” says Johan Örn, curator of collections at ArkDes.

The initiative to form the group was taken by the interior designer, Stig Lönngren. At its height, it consisted of sixteen members: the interior designers Åke Axelsson, Hans Johansson, John Kandell, Erik Karlström, Hans Kempe, Thea Leonhard, Lars-Erik Ljunglöf, Stig Lönngren and Stig Åke Nordell, the master cabinet-makers Anders Berglund, Lars Larsson, Erik Lindgren and David Sjölinder, and the master upholsterers Gösta Engström and Åke Nilsson. Holger Johansson was the group’s master sheet-metal worker.

HI-gruppen – hantverk i plaståldern/The HI Group – handicraft in the plastic age – Facts:

Exhibition period: 13 September – 19 November 2017.

Expert: Johan Örn, curator of collections at ArkDes

Producer: Lena Landerberg

Exhibition scenography: TAF Architects

Graphic design: Johannes Molin

ABOUT THE SWEDISH CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

With an emphasis on learning, sharing and provoking debate about the practical and theoretical role of design and architecture in contemporary life, the Centre exists to illustrate and offer an active platform for architecture, design and sustainable urban development, as well as to care for, list, scientifically process and enhance, through new acquisitions, the collections entrusted to it.

HI-gruppen – hantverk i plaståldern/The HI Group – handicraft in the plastic age – Images

Cabinet by the HI Group
Cabinet by the HI Group
photographer / source : Sune Sundahl, the ArkDes collections

Armchairs by the HI Group
Armchairs by the HI Group
photographer / source : Sune Sundahl, the ArkDes collections

Armchair by the HI Group
Armchair by the HI Group
photographer / source : Sune Sundahl, the ArkDes collections

About ArkDes (The Swedish centre for architecture and design)

ABOUT THE SWEDISH CENTRE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Our aim is to strengthen the value and meaning of architecture and design for the individual and to promote social progress. By the means of exhibitions, seminars, debates, family activities …

Address: Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 520 235 00


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