Christmas time is rapidly approaching and so is the end of my exchange semester. All my course mates in Glasgow are on Christmas break, while I still have a project deadline on Tuesday and my final exam on Wednesday. Although these are busy days, my exam preparations are a good excuse to look back at some of the highlights of my semester at Designskolen Kolding.
The first course we were introduced to in August, was the course material explorations. We started with introductions to the CMF (colour, material, finish) and MDD (material driven design) methods and a study trip to Copenhagen. In Copenhagen we visited the up and coming design studio, David Thulstrup Studio, which are known for their impressive CMF interiors and textile designer Kristine Mandsberg in her studio. I had seen an exhibition by Kirstine during the break in my home town and it was exciting speaking to her and learning more about the artworks in the exhibition.
Through the three week long course, we did a mix of group work explorations and an individual component towards a material design. I ended up choosing to work with the CMF method in order to create a material board for a multifaith room in the local hospital. Multifaith rooms are not as common in Denmark as they seem to be in the UK, but I thought it would be a great place to start integration and bring people together when they need it the most. Through an analysis of the existing materials and colours in the hospital lobby, I was inspired to put together genuine materials of natural colours, which are neutral, easy read and easy on the eye. The overall aim was to create a balanced room, where warm and cold, hard and soft and natural and artificial complement each other and creates a comfortable, open atmosphere.