craftsmanship + mass production [symposium 4]
feb 20 2009
the top 5 danish design objects that i interact with on a daily basis
-all of the objects can be said to blur the boundaries between industrial design / applied art / fine art
-the ultimate goal? both functional and aesthetic
-is it treated differently if it is handmade or mass produced? that depends. the more mass-produced something is, it tends to become more popular and well-circulated, perhaps leading to lower perceptions of value. but the most successfully designed objects seem to transcend this somehow…
5. danish banknotes , by karin brigitte lund – although the new ones are not yet mass produced or in circulation [50-kroner note comes out in august], i fork over danish kroner daily. the sleek new bills are dedicated to bridges and other historical danish archaeological findings/design!
4. kitchenwares by menu (pipette glasses by lovorika banovic + salt/pepper tumblers by henriette melchiorsen, specifically) – after i first used this delightful tool to dribble syrup on my pancakes at brunch with my visiting danish family, it was love at first site with menu. mass produced, but with a glorious hand-made touch – very functional, and very aesthetic. “The exciting boat shape of the bowl and its weightiness make a decorative feature and protect the table top from drips. Use our new plat-de-ménage for oil and vinegar for salads, maple syrup and honey for breakfast or pesto and truffle oil…”
3. poul henningsen’s ‘PH 5’ lamp  – his most widely-(mass)-produced and ubiquitously-seen. (more on him later)
2. legos by Godtfred Kirk Christiansen  – ok, maybe not everyday interaction, but enough during childhood to last awhile. one of the most robust and ‘democratic’ toys ever made, encouraging an entrepreneurial sense of ‘craftsmanship’ in the kid — i am happy to see that grownups use legos as well, for all of those funny neo-communo-corporate-type ‘team building’ exercises.
-do these designs evoke…feeling? is there designer intent to evoke feeling? perhaps to evoke a sense of familiarity and pride in terms of nationalism (5), the domestic sphere (4), a design tradition (3), learning and exploration (2), functionality (1).