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