New York, New York – Fritz Hansen™, the renowned Danish furniture design company, and WE-ARE-FAMILIA, a global network of creative individuals from all disciplines, are pleased to announce KIN CODA, an exhibition of the completion of one-of-a-kind Keepsake Boxes, a project that first originated in 2007. The entire series consists of 25 unique Keepsake Boxes, each showcasing approximately 40 original “mementos”, or artworks, contributed by the WE-ARE-FAMILIA family of artists. Each Keepsake Box is a sculptural assemblage of found, recycled and surplus materials. Possessing nostalgic warmth yet employing contemporary forms of expression, the boxes provide a new and exotic understanding of ordinary things.
To date, WE-ARE-FAMILIA has actualized 11 boxes. Boxes 12 through 25 complete the project and will be exhibited with support from Fritz Hansen, which has donated a bulk of products and materials; rejected, damaged or otherwise unmarketable. Fritz Hansen has long believed that sustainability, quality and design are all equally important. By creating products that are meant to last forever, even the remnants are considered useful.
“The Fritz Hansen brand maintains a reputation for thoughtful design, superior craftsmanship and sustainability” says David Obel Rosenkvist, Vice President of Sales, North America. ”We are pleased to collaborate with WE-ARE-FAMILIA and their collection of forward-thinking artists and designers as a way to extend the life of these pieces”.
The 14 artists invited to design and fabricate boxes 12-25 are : Brendan Ravenhill (LA), Fort Standard (BK), Chen Chen and Kai (BK), David Weeks (BK), Joe Doucet (NYC), UM Project (BK), Nightwood (BK), Silva Bradshaw (BK), Steph Mantis (BK), Kiel Mead (BK), Brian Balderston (BK), Iacoli + McAllister (Seattle), MN*LS (Austria), Patrick Townsand (Long Island City) and Jennifer Garcia (NYC).
According to Jennifer Garcia, Project Director and Keepsake box designer, “This project has been over four years in the making and it’s wonderful to see these final pieces coming together. Working with Fritz Hansen as a collaborator and extension of We-Are-Familia has truly been an honor.”
Boxes 12 to 25 will be on display at the Fritz Hansen showroom on Wooster Street, in Soho, New York City, from November 17th through November 23rd, 2011 with a VIP opening reception to be held on Thursday, November 17th from 6-8pm. In addition to support from Fritz Hansen, the KIN CODA exhibition is sponsored by Modern Spaces, MetLife and AM.
Thursday November 17 2011
From 6 to 8 pm
At The Republic of Fritz Hansen
22 Wooster Street New York City
With DJ Cerock
On view until 11.22.11
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About Fritz Hansen
Founded in 1872 by Danish furniture cabinet maker Fritz Hansen, Fritz Hansen A/S is today recognized as one of the world’s leading design and manufacturers of exclusive furniture. Known for their collaborations with some of the world’s most influential architects and designers, such as Arne Jacobsen and Poul Kjærholm, has resulted in an outstanding collection of exclusive furniture designs. Today the legacy is carried forward through partnerships with international design stars such as Piero Lissoni, Todd Bracher, Kasper Salto and Cecilie Manz under the management of President and CEO Jacob Holm.
WE-ARE-FAMILIA is an extensive global network of creative individuals from all disciplines whom have come together to explore the powerful, complex ties which consciously and unconsciously touch all that we experience as humans. Their primary ongoing project is a series of 25 one-of-a-kind Keepsake Boxes, each showcasing approximately 40 original “mementos” contributed by its family of artists. The Keepsake Boxes themselves are an elegant ad-hoc assembly of found, recycled and/or surplus materials. Encompassing both nostalgic warmth and contemporary forms of expression, they provide a new and exotic understanding of ordinary things.
WE-ARE-FAMILIA launched in December 2007 with an installation at Parisian design superstore Colette. They have since held exhibitions at Open Space Gallery in Beacon, NY, Reed Space in NYC, at the Fountain Art Fairs and the Museum of Art and Design. Currently and into 2011, the collective is host to a series of independent exhibitions and cultural events in Downtown Brooklyn and LIC, Queens.
IMAGES ABOVE: We-Are-Familia Keepsake Boxes by Nightwood, Steph Mantis and Joe Doucet.