Casavells, 2020
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Casavells, 2020
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JUN 2020 - SEP 2020

CASAVELLS is a unique almost hidden space in the Catalonian region of L’Empordà, set in an antique masía (farmhouse) from XVIII century that brings together a harmonic coexistence be- tween art, craft and design. Committed to innovation and tradition, the gallery collects, preserves, and promotes modern and contemporary art and design, whilst exploring ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial initiatives and collaborations. Casavells 2020 combined a younger generation of designers born after 1980, exploring new techniques, materials and sensations of the design world. Alongside the display of cutting edge colorful organic forms, the 2020 edit dedicated a room to a collective exhibition of craft including works by contemporary basket makers from around the world, promoting and preserving ancient techniques, as well as experimenting with new and innovative weaves.

Casavells 2020 took artistic risks and embraced diversity, featuring local as well as international designs. The gallery had on show the works of over 20 designers including, Sophie Rowley and Sabine Marcelis, as well as a group of new designers recently graduated from university, such as Sigve Knuston, Elissa Lacoste and Lukas Saint-Joigny, amongst glass blower Hanna Hansdotter and textile weaver Marie Schumann.

Hanna Hansdotter was born in Sweden’s Småland region, dubbed “the Kingdom of Crystal”, Hanna’s roots have undeniably shaped her work. First training in glassblowing at the Kosta Glass Centre, she then continued on to the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm where she was noticed for her highly celebrated graduation exhibition, “Ayryck” in 2017, this exhibition was the start of a new expressive design concept for Hanna that would distinguish her work from then on. Hansdotter’s designs propose a dialogue across the centuries. As she experiments with the traditional blowing techniques of molten glass, she boldly adds her own 21st century definition to the process, experimenting with colour, gradient and form. By into blowing into industrial iron frameworks, the ad hoc molds imprint patterned, almost alien surfaces onto her voluptuous vessels, as the glass bulges and oozes through openings in the grates, the finished pieces revealing human like forms. Sigve Knutson a young Norwegian designer who’s works could be defined as studies of humanity: all of his products have been shaped by hand and result in a clear relationship between the human hand and body. In the creation of his pieces Knutson prefers to use old, even ancient materials, and he believes that primitive methods are a way of searching for a connection to the collective past of the humanity. Another young designer on display was Lukas Saint-Joigny who’s Ore collection caught the eye of many. The collection was designed as series of different domestic objects that evoke Ore mineral. Using different organic shapes, large and almost grotesque in form, his objects look alive. This unusual dynamic aspect created by the shapes, texture and striking colours conjure you instantly into a fantasy world, compelling you to let go of your imagination.

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