Egeværk

Biography

Mette Bentzen and Lasse Kristensen, known collectively as Egeværk, create meticulously made sculptural pieces, while drawing on craft traditions dating back generations in Danish fine furniture.

 

The ICE series, a significant design project initiated with the gallery in 2019, is the result of a major body of practical research and design development. The concept originated from Egeværk’s deep-rooted connection to the landscape in their native homeland and neighbouring countries, specifically the harsh winter icescapes of Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The artists sought to capture the fluid aesthetics of ice in their opposingly solid medium of Danish Ash wood. 

 

A strong wind at the coming of winter had caused wavy patterns in several layers on one side of a puddle – almost like a delicate frill… complex and breathtakingly poetic, microcosmos are a thing of great beauty. Poetry in stopped motion.’ - Egeværk

 

For months the artists transported huge blocks of ice to their studio to study the melting process under natural and controlled conditions. They examined its unhurried dissolve during moderate spring temperatures and the summer heatwave; they also manipulated the blocks by placing them under dripping water or drilling holes straight into the ice to stimulate the thawing process. Placed shoulder to shoulder in the workshop or on the harbour front, these blocks were carefully catalogued in photographs and used as inspiration in a series of carved maquettes. The final large-scale furniture pieces are the result of a slow and thoughtful process of making; they embody the language of ice in form and texture, achieved through Egeværk’s gentle and refined carving techniques.

 

Kristensen (1985) and Bentzen (1978) were both trained at the esteemed PP Furniture, a Danish joinery established in 1953 and famous for its large portfolio of modern Danish furniture. They are the recipients of a number of prestigious awards and accolades, including the 2019 Snedkerprisen (the Danish Carpentry Award). In 2020, their work was selected for the Danish Pavilion in Tokyo during the Olympic Games and they were the Winners of the Arts & Craft Category of the Design Award  in Denmark.

Works
  • Egeværk, Ice Stool (Shape IV) , 2021
    Egeværk
    Ice Stool (Shape IV) , 2021
    Danish Ash
    43.5 H x 40 W x 25 D cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Stool (Shape VIII), 2021
    Egeværk
    Ice Stool (Shape VIII), 2021
    Danish Ash
    43.5 H x 40 W x 25 D cm
  • Egeværk, Suspended Forest, 2021
    Egeværk
    Suspended Forest, 2021
    Oak, softened and torn to flexible threads
    Installation / Seven Columns - 310 H x 250 W x 105 D cm
    Each piece has a diameter of either 12 cm, 16 cm or 20 cm. Length varies from 155 cm to 235 cm.
    Above the installation, is a steel grid hanging from the ceiling, that all pieces are connected to by a thin line.
  • Egeværk, Ice Stool III, 2020
    Egeværk
    Ice Stool III, 2020
    Danish Ash
    42 H x 42 W x 25 D cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Stool Twist IV, 2020
    Egeværk
    Ice Stool Twist IV, 2020
    Danish Ash
    42 H x 42 W x 25 cm
  • Egeværk, Special Commission for Private Collection, USA, 2020
    Egeværk
    Special Commission for Private Collection, USA, 2020
    Danish Ash
    42 H x 121 L x 68 D cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Console (Ice Shape IV), 2020
    Egeværk
    Ice Console (Ice Shape IV), 2020
    Danish Ash
    75.5 H x 165 W x 44 D cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Shelf III, 2020
    Egeværk
    Ice Shelf III, 2020
    Danish Ash
    70 H x 129 W x 39 D cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Shape I, 2020
    Egeværk
    Ice Shape I, 2020
    Danish Ash
    83 H x 131 W x 37 D cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Series Table, 2019
    Egeværk
    Ice Series Table, 2019
    Danish Ash
    37 H x 135 W x 155 L cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Series Shelf, 2019
    Egeværk
    Ice Series Shelf, 2019
    Danish Ash
    70 H x 110 L x 35 W cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Series Shelf II, 2019
    Egeværk
    Ice Series Shelf II, 2019
    Danish Ash
    80 H x 135 W x 35 D cm
  • Egeværk, Ice Stool II, 2019
    Egeværk
    Ice Stool II, 2019
    Danish Ash
    43.5 H x 40 W x 24 D cm
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