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1+1+1 at Design Museum, Helsinki 10.6.–21.8.2016


Mirrors by 1+1+1 are part of Objects of Desire, the summer exhibition at the Gallery of Design Museum, Helsinki.

The exhibition concentrates to explore contemporary one-off and edition-based design objects that combine new craftsmanship and conceptual design.  
It introduces 25 international designers working in the intersection of art and design. Many of the works featured combine new visual language with traditional high-end craftsmanship. In the core lie an interest towards material research and development of totally new composites. The works address the question of new luxury, and instead of mass-production they are studio produced craft and design.

Curator Suvi Saloniemi says, “One of the central functions of the exhibited objects is to produce an affect, evoke an emotion, and to appeal to people on a level that renders the relationship with the object more intensive. This might be a direction where design in general is heading: focusing on emotion rather than on function. It has fascinating potential to alter global mechanisms of mass production and consumption.”

Other designers whose works are included in the show include Studio Swine, who visited Reykjavik to speak at DesignTalks during DesignMarch 2016.

1+1+1 is an experimental collaboration between designers from three Nordic countries – Róshildur Jónsdóttir and Snaebjörn Stefansson of Hugdetta from Iceland, Petra Lilja from Sweden and Aalto+Aalto from Finland.

The project examines and reimagines objects by having each studio design an object consisting of three distinct parts and then mixing the parts up into unpredictable combinations.

1+1+1 initially introduced the mirrors during Stockholm Design Week 2016.