UNPREDICTABLE DESIGN COMBINATIONS FROM SWEDEN, ICELAND AND FINLAND
1+1+1 is an experimental collaboration between designers from three Nordic countries – Hugdetta from Iceland, Petra Lilja from Sweden and Aalto+Aalto from Finland. The project examines and reimagines objects by having each studio design an object consisting of three distinct parts and then mixing the parts up into unpredictable combinations.
TABLES AT CHART ART FAIR
In 2018 we were invited to take part in Gallery Lokal’s exhibition at the Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen. Lokal is a Helsinki gallery specializing local crafts and objects that blur the line between art and design. After experimenting with our method on previous objects, we decided to return to our original concept from 2015 where parts are stacked on top of each other and allow for perfect freedom concerning material and colour choices. The tables combine parts in brass, painted steel, Valchromat and solid ash.
Nordic design + Sierra Leonean craft = true
In the fall of 2017 the 1+1+1 group got an invitation from Aurora Foundation, to collaborate with local craftspeople of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The unpredictable 1+1+1 method the took a new direction when sharing the design process for the first time with other people. Even though the designers brought some ideas with them to Sierra Leone, the group was agreeing on the importance of not deciding everything beforehand but to learn as much as possible from the local collaborators. A fun and complex process took shape, where communication and finding ways to mutual understandings was core.