Thorunn Arnadóttir partakes in the Nordic workshop and project Materiality Brutality in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this week.
The project intend to present the alternative and emerging face of Nordic Design, while collectively exploring new approaches in the use of materials.
In addition to Árnadóttir, Kirsi Enkovaara (Finland), Kaja Solgaard (Norway) and Kristoffer Sundin (Sweden) participate in the project.
Their work challenges the common concept of Nordic design practices, usually associated with well-considered and measured forms. During the 10 day workshop part of the project, the designers focus on one kind of material in particular – concrete. They explore new opportunities within its constraints and allow their findings shape the final product. The project intendeds to shift the common perceptions of concrete among its users – designers, engineers and the public, continuing its long history of use.
Mila Chorbadzhieva – a bulgarian designer based in the Netherlands – joins the experiment as a project coordinator.
The visitors will have the opportunity to follow the work process and its results, which could be in the form of a finished object, a prototype, or a materialization of the research.