REFORM Design Biennale is a common ground and a movement for a new generation of designers, craftsmen, architects and artists challenging traditional ways of thinking. It is an invitation to experiment in order to investigate and create new functions, expressions, ideas, processes, craft and technologies – it is a space for creating and debating.
REFORM Design Biennale is founded by Graphic Designer Jens Dan Johansen (JDJ), Furniture Designer Maria Bruun (MB) and Furniture Artist Rasmus Bækkel Fex (RBF).
REFORM Design Biennale is kindly supported and honoured by DANISH ARTS FOUNDATION.
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RBF REFORM is a semicolon; not a comma and not a period. It makes us pause, knowing something else awaits. With REFORM we extend time, and we stay where it makes sense. Every designer knows the value of becoming immersed in his or her work, questioning form, function, and time, and yet we do not do it often enough. REFORM exhibits objects from the stage between the beginning and the end; between thought and function. We are not in search of an answer, we believe in open endings.
MB The process is endless and the final pieces are connected moments of a long timeline. There are no simple or unambiguous answers. This is a chance to pause and ask not only the clarifying questions ‘who’, ‘what’ and ‘where’, but also ask ‘why’ – why do we create? REFORM is reflection.
JDJ Objects and ethics are intertwined. No object has no ethic. Ethics are inherent in every aspect – function, production, distribution, expression, technology, material, idea etc. The ethics of objects can either support or challenge our perception of what we believe to be right/wrong, useable/useless, acceptable/unacceptable, achievable/impossible, beautiful/ugly, meaningful/meaningless – in other words they can either support or challenge our culture. Cultures are constructions. Constructions can be changed.