The second edition of the fantastic Copenhagen Design Week just kicked off, and Inhabitat is on the scene capturing all bustling events going down in Danish capital. An initiative of the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, and directed by the Danish Design Centre, the week is all about design thinking, user-centered design, and sustainability. The biennale, that first saw light in 2009, is curated by architects Tina Midtgaard and Karen Kjaergaardmakes under the ‘Think Human’ concept. This year's fair features lots of exhibits, international conferences, street installations, workshops, awards and open showrooms all throughout the city. But for any good design week hunter, the natural starting point is of course the Information Point! Located right by the incredible Copenhagen Kvæsthusmolen Harbor, the stacked structure has been built from one of our favorite building materials: recycled shipping containers!
Made from locally sourced recycled shipping containers, the Information Point at Kvæsthusmolen (by The Royal Danish Playhouse) is the perfect place to find out how to navigate Copenhagen Design Week. With interior walls made from recycled chipboard, fiberglass floors and other natural materials, the containers are a strong durable structure. And in addition to providing maps, catalogs and cool reusable unbleached cotton bags, the temporary Information Point also shelters some small but powerful exhibitions inside.
On show in the Information Point is Danish-born designer, Mathias Bengtsson‘s Paper Chair – a sculptural organic seat made from thousands of pieces of biodegradable black and white paper that doesn’t require a frame, joints or screws for construction.
Students at the Kolding School of Design ‘attacked’ Arne Jacobsen’s classic ‘7’ chair to make a collection called Design Parasites that re-designs the famous Danish icon for good quality design. One Chair a Week is a project by the School of Architecture, were students were introduced to a new material each week and told to design and build a new seat within 7 days.
Also on show is 18 Think Stories, featured on flat screens TVs. The installation show examples of corporate social innovations have met critical unfulfilled needs, in addition to showing us how good design can improve people’s lives. The exclusive Copenhagen Design Week conferences are fed live to the screens, so visitors and locals can get a grasp on the latest news from renowned international architects and designers.
Outside the pilled up containers, there is a facility to rent a bike, the perfect sustainable transport to get around, and a favorite of the Danes.
If you are in or near Copenhagen, don’t miss out the amazing and ever-surprising Copenhagen Design Week from September 1-6, 2011. The event is an excellent opportunity to learn, to explore and to ‘Think Human’.
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat