A love of materials and of the possibilities of working across both natural and industrially made materials has long been a defining feature of Danish product and furniture design. Most distinctively, Danish designers often start their design process from an innate sense of the specific opportunities and capabilities of each material and then develop production processes that ensure the materials are treated in an optimum way, resulting in products of exceptional quality and refinement.
Thomas Bo Jensen / Thomas Bo Jensen Architects
Utzon' s love of archaic and primitive building forms on the one hand, and the additive principles he found in the growth of nature on the other, meet in his brick buildings. The cellular qualities of brickwork- unit by unit, row by row - all reflect his urge for generating architecture with similar selfgrown qualities as found in nature.
The installation MATERIALITY can be seen as a primitive comment on this approach. Together, eight giant bricks - four times the size of a Danish standard brick - form a stepped structure of heaved blocks that indicate spaces, stairways, podiums and places to rest. In words and brick patterns based on the 'Utzon bond', the two carpets complement the wooden blocks and reflect upon Utzon's multi-facetted oeuvre.