Coffee cup realism

2021

Digital exhibition: CUP

By invitation

Photographer: David Möller

Coffee cup realism

Finding humor in a bad morning mood: Swedish designer Kajsa Willner on her project Coffee Cup Realism.

Swedish designer Kajsa Willner is one of 38 international artists and designers invited to take part in the digital exhibition CUP, initiated and curated by danish design duo Pettersen & Hein and art historian Camilla Schmidt. The exhibition is intended as a tribute to the pause, presence, and the relationship between the body and the cup. The basis of the idea is partly the celebration of an object that increases the quality of daily habits and actions, as well as an object and a ritual that partly reinforces a presence and which aesthetically, tactilely, or perceptually connects us to the body and the moment.

Willner’s project, Coffee Cup Realism, is a personal and humoristic interpretation of the drama that all too often unfolds during the designer’s own morning routine. Rather than being a peaceful pause with time for reflection, the tedious morning chores frequently result in a time of stress and frustration with coffee spilled everywhere. A kitchen sink realistic scene staged in a domestic setting as an unpolished, naturalistic representation of ordinary life.

The project consists of a free formed, minimalistic, coffee-stained chair as a symbol for how there is usually not enough time to sit down and relax in the morning. The second object is a hand quilted wall hanging piece illustrative of the coffee stains on the work blouse just before an important video call. The chair is made of cnc-cut pieces from a single board of MDF stained with actual coffee. The wall piece is made of leftover satin fabric from the designer’s own studio, stained with carefully mixed fabric color to resemble the look and feel of coffee.

The CUP exhibition will take place digitally on the @between_objects instagram account starting from May 6th, 2021. The online presentation will then be followed up by a physical exhibition in Copenhagen in August 2021. In addition to Kajsa Willner, the exhibition also features work from Jenny Nordberg, Kwangho Lee, Soft Baroque and Wang & Söderström to name a few.

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