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Ageing and sustainability in HDK-Valands stands at the Furniture Fair

News: Jan 31, 2020

HDK-Valand participates with two exhibitions at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair on February 4–8. Through the projects, the students have explored how design can be used to investigate aspects of social and environmental sustainability.

In the project Beyond Time, students from furniture design at HDK-Valand Steneby and Kobe Design University in Japan and have studied aging and other aspects of the constant change that time brings in our lives. Among other things, they have visited an old age home where they met Ulla, 102, who talked about her experience of aging. They have also approached the topic of aging through current research.

– "To be creative you must first question everything." This quote by Eileen Gray has been practiced by students through an exploration of how the furniture industry is dealing with furniture for the elderly and also how the aging identity is communicated and treated in modern society, says Eva-Johanna Isestig, teacher in furniture design at HDK-Valand Steneby.

The second exhibition revolves around the theme "The Last Supper". Through 16 projects, 18 students from HDK-Valand in Gothenburg show objects that relate to various threats to the world, such as climate problems and lack of clean water. The title is a metaphor for the urgent need for a change in society.

– The whole starting point for our exhibition is to stage a meeting point for a fictional secret society with the task of making the world a better place. This story is the stage and the students' projects fill it with stories, questions and statements. Our project is an attempt to investigate how communicative aspects of art and design can problematize, disrupt and raise sustainability issues, says Johnny Friberg, teacher in design at HDK-Valand.

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Come and visit us at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair February 4-8. Read more: HDK-Valand at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

Don't miss Mathilda Dahlqvist, student at the MFA Programme in Design, and the exhibition Mind the dot? that deals with beauty ideals and design. Read more: Mind the dot?

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