Academy Exhibits: "Empowerment Through Design" and "Morphology"

10.10.2014 - 28.10.2014
11:00 - 17:00
The Gallery
Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 51
1435 København K
Free admittance

Empowerment Through Design aims to empower women in the Middle East by teaching them about design methods and techniques. Morphology refers to the Danish furniture designers Børge Mogensen and Hans J. Wegner and their unique design approach.


Empowerment through Design

Since 2008 the Royal Danish Academy School of Design has been engaged in a development project in Morocco, establishing a close collaboration with local handicraft women in Marrakech. In 2012, a similar project was started in Tunisia, with women from the small town Menzel Bourguiba in the northern part of Tunisia.

The overall aim is to create empowerment through design, which is achieved through exchange and dialogue between Danish design students and the local craft women. Through common activities and design trainings, it is the goal to improve the handicraft women's role and possibilities in their society.

The projects are part of the Danish-Arab Partnership Program under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are partnerships supported by KVINFO between The Royal Danish Academy School of Design and local associations in North Africa. .

For further information please visit the website.


The Danish furniture designers, Børge Mogensen and Hans J. Wegner, would have turned 100 years in 2014. They were both adept at interpreting and transforming external inspiration, supplying it with a special Danish tone in the form of a material-like moderation in combination with an artistic nerve. This approach was a design method that characterized a large number of contemporary Danish furniture designers. But can this method be used in a contemporary context, and how can young architects and designers be inspired by the tradition and at the same time present suggestions on experimental chairs that are both recognizable, but which also challenges our perception of form, function and materials? The exhibition tries to answer these questions and many more …

The exhibition has previously been shown in Milan and London.

Sponsors: Kvadrat and Innonet

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