How do you make an urban space that teases people's curiosity and make them want to stay there? That is the question I have been exploring tough researching existing public spaces (Israels Plads and Mozarts Plads in Copenhagen) and by using architect Jan Gehl's theory about urban planning. If you take a walk in a city, it is easy to feel have urban spaces have different atmospheres, which can have a big impact on if we want to stay there or not.
Urban spaces is often focused on one specific function, where the user can’t have an impact on have they want to use it. Therefore it is important to focus on the human beings to create a living city, where people's curiosity and desire to discover the city is in focus.
To get people's attention and stimulate their curiosity I wanted to bring different textile surfaces and shapes to an outdoor urban space. Where there the shape and the colours changes from all angles, so people have to go explore it if they want to experience it.
Smaller projects made with different medias where I have been experimenting with material combinations, space, light, colors, painting and weaving.
Moveable carpets and cushions
I have been working with making a flexible common room for a experimental housing project, Søkvæsthuset in Copenhagen. The idea was to bring people together and make them want to spend most of their time in the common room. All kind of activities should therefore be possible. I designed portable tufted carpets and weaved cushions that makes it possible for the user to create their personal space but also to be a part of the joint activities. The carpets have a softness that invites the user to lay down and hang out, while the cushions can be used as a back rest against a wall but can also be placed on top of each other as a stool. The scapes, colors and materials are inspired by the Danish baroque style of the building, to show the beauty in the old building.
Project made together with Pernille Kirkeby and Hélene Bedearrax, with inspiration in surrealism. The experiments with knitting, embellishing and print, was based on the humor, the clash between surfaces, layers and floating elements.
Why can an abandoned building be useful anymore? This is a weaving project based on the beauty of an abandoned building, to show the potential it can have.