The Lightness of Being lll
Classic Danish Lighting and Ceramics
Saturday 5 May – 30 June 2018
The Danish PH5 light design by Poul Henningsen is one of the design classics of the 20th century and this year marks its 60th anniversary. The third Lightness of Being design exhibition at The Watermill Gallery brings together classic mid-20th century Danish and European lighting and ceramics, alongside contemporary Scandinavian furniture.
The show features lighting and ceramic pieces ranging from the 1930s to 1970s. Danish lights from this period, building on the traditions of Bauhaus designers of the 1920s and 30s, such as Christian Dell, were manufactured using modern materials to create beautiful yet simple objects to fulfil everyday needs. A major feature of much Danish lighting is the reduction of glare, with many designs such as the classic PH5 hiding the light source altogether.
The lights and designers represented in the exhibition include lights by Poul Henningsen, Verner Panton, Christan Dell, Bent Karlby, Svend Aage Holm Sorensen, Fog & Mørup and Louis Poulsen and ceramics by Niels Peter Nielsen, Ulf Hansson and Valdemar Petersen.
On the furniture front, Homer has been gathering a selection of contemporary design pieces. These will be added to by Homer’s own Scot-Scandi style sofas and armchairs, upholstered with in-house designed modern tweeds, woven at Aberfeldy’s local tweed mill.
The exhibition is jointly curated by The Watermill and Professor Paul Mitchell of Aberdeen, who has a long-standing interest in Danish design and has been involved in the research and acquisition of pieces for the exhibition.
“To secure pieces for the exhibition, we made a special trip to Copenhagen, visiting the city’s vintage shops and dealers. We met wonderful, helpful people who were very supportive when they heard of our plan to exhibit classic Danish design in the Scottish Highlands. The trip was hugely successful and two pallets of lights and ceramics arrived shortly after our return to Scotland.” Kevin Ramage, The Watermill Gallery.
In parallel with the exhibition the Watermill’s homes and interiors shop, Homer, will be featuring major new ranges of designer lighting.
Exhibition website: http://www.aberfeldywatermill.com/art/exhibition
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