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Bigfoot Furniture by Maria Bruun

DESIGNER:

Maria Bruun

PHOTO:

Pernille Andersen

YEAR:

2019

PRODUCTION:

Denmark

Bigfoot Furniture consists of five side tables in solid ash wood and a dining table in solid oak. The collection is based on a simple construction, a precise design and strong identity with a minimum of details. The Collection consists of BIGFOOT Micro, BIGFOOT Mini, BIGFOOT Low plinth, BIGFOOT Sidetable, BIGFOOT Coffee Table and BIGFOOT Dining Table.

Furniture designer Maria Bruun and set designer Pernille Andersen met years ago while both studying at the Royal danish academy of design in Copenhagen. It wasn’t before many years later that they both discovered a shared passion for pushing boundaries in design.
Bruun made her roots in design and crafts, working on non-functional furniture. Keeping questioning and pushing the lines between art and design she is now working with galleries such as Etage Projects in Copenhagen and at Gallery Fumi in London. Andersen come from a more bohemian art and design background. With wanderlust and a strong desire to explore, she went to New York in her early 20’s to study photography. Later in life she went to Berlin where she worked as a landscape designer for Topotek1. Living in a photostudio in Berlin Andersen made her first experiences as a professional set designer and later she became a curator for KW Kunstwerke.

Over the past 10 years we have moved from a mass produced design periode into to a more refined and sophisticated design age, where customers demand crafts and quality, but at the same time objects that are pushing towards a sophisticated yet customised almost art piece kind of object.
Yet having different directions Bruun and Andersen share the same vision on design. Bruun’s focal point is the furniture and its sculptural and material qualities. Andersen uses the furnitures as her props composing a layout of striking silhouettes in series, together with the space and the materiality in between the objects.

Tell us a bit about the concepts and the vision behind?
M+P We are drawn towards new design horizons – to break free from old traditions and dogmas, using our own conceptual approach. We wanted to strip everything down to a minimum by using the non-space and very few materials. The photographic layout was essential to ad character and space to the story. The concept of the white sheet is a dream about creating everything and nothing out from “it”.

Why is minimalism an interesting concept right now?
M We have moved into a new design age – a kind of “post-war ara”. In aras of chaos human naturally desire order, beauty even a kind of perfection; quality and minimalistic sophisticated stimuli. Good images today has got more value than we have ever seen before. Through curated photography we can invite the consumers into a unique univers and give an extra dimension to the furnitures.
P Seen from a design, and a technical point of view, minimalism as concept is a very interesting approach. By using a minimum of props, almost nothing, the viewer is forces to see what many barely notice – the space around the objects. Light is an essential vehicle in photography – to directs attention to the subtle sensing material surfaces. It is almost like a painter using a brush sculpting light in space.

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