Roland Hjort (+Folkform): L´art Plissé
Bar Brillo 29 October-27 January 2020
The exhibition L’art plissé focuses on the subtle art of pleating.
Roland Hjort will present 10 newly created artworks – some of the artworks are also on the textile pleated lampshades by Folkform.
The exhibition has been extended and some new artworks by Roland Hjort has replaced some of the original artworks.
“Many of my artworks depict surrealist shapes morphing in different spaces, like variations of different parts,” explains Hjort.
Roland Hjort was one of the co-founders of the Swedish clothing brand Whyred in 1999, and served as its chief designer for more than 20 years. The name Whyred draws on the work of 20th-century artist Sven “X-et” Erixon, who was Hjort’s grandfather. Today, Hjort primarily works as an artist, while still retaining his own fashion brand, Hjort. He has received a number of accolades for his design work, including the Elle Gala’s Designer of the Year award in 2006, and Guldknappen in 2014.
Roland Hjort asked Folkform to join him in interpreting traditional pleating techniques. Using textile prints of Hjort’s works Folkform decided to create pleated lampshades, giving the lights a dynamic, sculptural character.
“We have never worked with textiles in our lighting design before,” says Anna Lovisa Holmquist, who co-founded Folkform together with Chandra Ahlsell in 2005. “But the collaboration with Roland became an opportunity to draw inspiration from each other’s artistry and materials.”
L’art plissé will be on display at Bar Brillo in Stockholm from 29 October to 21 November 2020. The first edition of table lamps will be numbered and signed, and have been exclusively produced for the exhibition. Hjort’s works are also originals.
Folkform was founded in 2005 and is run by Stockholm-based designers Chandra Ahlsell (b. 1973) and Anna Lovisa Holmquist (f. 1978). They began collaborating while studying industrial design at Konstfack in Stockholm. Ahlsell went on to study at the Pratt Institute in New York, while Holmquist pursued her studies at Goldsmiths in London as well as the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Folkform’s work is represented in the collections of the Swedish Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, as well as Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo. In 2019, Folkform won the Bruno Mathsson Award, the most prestigious design prize in the Nordics.