Table with an edge

Design School Kolding exhibits at the Kolding Culture Night as six designers interpret a piece of conversation furniture.

With an Edge. That’s the theme of this year’s Culture Night in Kolding City. Design School Kolding’s exhibition The Tube adds a table to that edge.

Taking their cue from the Latin idiom Tabula Rasa, six young designers turn the tables on the iconic object to interpret it afresh.

HONEY, WE NEED TO TALK! proclaims the opening prayer, bent – literally – in neon inside the 33 metre long exhibition, made up of seven bespoke containers. In each container, a freshly minted Design School Kolding alumna, working closely with leading Danish designer companies, puts forward her personal interpretation of a conversation piece; namely the table.

The interpretations run the gamut. Working with Danish Horticulture, Designer Stine Weigelt has created ‘Tipping Point’, a table that can turn off-balance by moving the green plant that is a microscopic illustration of a vulnerable ecosystem.

The duo of Kvist Industries and Sidsel Søgaard Spas channels the peculiar aesthetics of wood knots in a challenge to popular consumer opinion that wood tables ought not to show branch artefacts.

Camilla Skøtt, with Forbo Flooring, breathes new life into a dying craft using new techniques and materials. She has created a table of lace made from the natural material linoleum, supplied by the company.

Ecco and Ditte Blohm invite you on an interactive journey of the consciousness.

A dramatic, fur-swathed skeleton is the centrepiece of the cooperation between KiCK - Kopenhagen Fur and Solveig Stilling.

Anne Halskov designs the encounter between the raw material – the newly fledged designers – and the established company Ambiente.

Finally, design partners Carl Emil Jacobsen and Daniel Kowal-Andersen have created a table focusing on Nordic materials and traditional crafting and manufacturing techniques.

The Tube first opened at the world’s most significant design event, the Milan Design Fair, in April. In June it was part of the people’s event (Folkemødet) on the island of Bornholm. And now, on 21 August, the container doors open in Kolding to show the groundbreaking collaboration projects between designers and companies.

It is the fourth consecutive year that Design School Kolding shows The Tube at the Kolding Culture Night, this year with a new venue in Jernbanegade.

Opening hours are Friday from 15.00-22.00, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00-14.00.

Designers: Camilla Skøtt, Ditte Blohm, Sidsel Søgaard Spas, Stine Weigelt, Solveig Stilling, Anne Halskov, Carl Emil Jacobsen and Daniel Kowal-Andersen

Companies: Ambiente , ECCO, Forbo Flooring, Kvist Industries, KiCK - Kopenhagen Fur and Dansk Gartneri.

Thank you Kolding Municipality, Augustinus Fonden, The Ministry of Higher Education and Science, C&W snijtechniek BV, Marmor og Granit, Gartnernes Forsikring and Økologihaven.