Happy to be invited to talk at the Chart Art & Design in Copenhagen, Denmark this year as well! Together with curator Johan Deurell from the design museum Röhsska in Gothenburg, Sweden and Suvi Saloniemi, chief curator of Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland we discussed around the title: Reflecting and Learning. The talk was greatly moderated by Johanna Agerman Ross, curator at V&A, London and founder as well as director of the design journal Disegno.
I’m excited to announce that I will be speaking at The Conference, representing non:agency and the project The Age of Entanglement that I run together with Jenny Lee, and which is also part of my PhD project.
The Conference is an international happening taking place in Malmö, AUG 27-28, 2019
The Age of…? is the first of two exhibitions in the project The Age of Entanglements and shows the design processes where designers explore different future scenarios through speculative design.
Opening at Form/Design Center, Malmö August 27th, 17-20.
The Age of Entanglements is a two-year long project where 8 international design studios are working with the planet of Mars as a projection plane for critique and speculation to create spaces for discussion and debate about what it means being human on Earth today.
Curated by Petra Lilja and project managed by Jenny Lee, from non:agency
Link to more information about the designers and the exhibition.
non:agency is a Malmö based platform, founded by Petra Lilja (SE) and Jenny Lee (UK). A creative space for speculation and envisioning near to far futures, working at the intersection of design, research, society and business.
Our vision is to bring together different agents to work towards a common goal, to imagine better futures and making it actionable.
We do not exist as one pre-existing agency, but as an entanglement of different cooperative forces coming together in various projects.
We are a collaborative network, seeking change agents interested in shaping the future. Join us!
In January 2019 I started my PhD studies at the University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. The project title is Cultivating Caring Coexistence – designing anthropo-de-centric futures and will explore multispecies-inclusive narratives and strategies for engaging and empowering scales of actors and knowledges otherwise unaddressed.
In the initial part of my PhD I will work from a curatorial perspective with the project The Age of Entanglements, using speculative design as an approach to create multi-planetary future scenarios, as a tool to reflect on current earthly situations.
As one of 10 selected designers I've been "matched" with a material researcher as part of the project Material Depot. The collaboration with SLU researchers working with plant and protein based plastics is starting in February and the results of the process will be exhibited during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, October 2018. Titel of the exhibition: What Matter/s
Inspiration for new materials, new colors, new meetings, new work, new beginnings of 2018. #assemblage #series #petraliljadesign #design #conceptual #material #political
A new project is now taking the 1+1+1 collective to Sierra Leone, where we will be seeking inspiration from traditional craft. I will be focusing on a particular type of bamboo for weaving of baskets from the Brama Town area. Stay tuned!
A hectic and wonderful week in London is over. Here in nice company of Milan Kosovic, that we shared the space with. Good bye for now London, hope to see you again next year! Press coverage links:
- How design creatives in Skane are challenging Stockholm and the norms of Swedish design by CITY.A.M
- 10 emerging designers to watch from the London Design Festival 2017 by Evening Standard
- London Design Fair 2017: Curating the Curators by Archiproducts
- Our 50+ Favorite Finds From the 2017 London Design Festival by Sight Unseen
REPHRASALS (ENG) / OMFORMULERA (SE) / PARAFRAASI (FI) is an experimental design project which explores what new possibilities and expressions can be found through a method of associations and chance. Read more about the project and visit the exhibition or have a look October 21 to November 26 at Form/Design Center.
Super Talk with Form/Design Centers Terese Alstin, repost @glenbaghurst. Here I´m talking about design in the South of Sweden together with other stand neighbours at the Swedish paviljong during the London design fair.
Today we selected three representative design objects from Sweden and sent off a description to Aalto+Aalto design studio in Finland. Without revealing which ones it is, it is based on these descriptions, they have to designed new items, some kind of reinterpretations or paraphrases on the original.
Petra Lilja Design Studio exhibited at the Swedish Pavilion during London Design Fair, The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, September 21st-24th. A big thanks to everybody who stopped by, the great press coverage and to my wonderful Swedish colleagues.
Hope to see you all at Form Design Center on Saturday for a mingle with the Swedish designers that will take part at the London Design Fair! The program will start with a movie screening at 14, following a mingle from 14.30 untill 15.00. The event is free!
For more information click here!
Swedish Ninja & Petra Lilja will have a new exiting collaboration this year. Together with a bunch of other local designers, my C-mirror will be produced and sold as a part of their new collection. During London design week the collective will also have a stand to showcase their new work. Make sure to stop by, or visit their showroom in Denmark and view their website for more information.
We are designing a rug for London Design Fair. Today deciding on colors... How about this combination?
Today is the final day we are all gathered at the studio before the summer vacation. Wrapping up projects, like the new website that Kristin and Sara have been working with and that we'll be launching at the end of today! Then Kristin is going South Africa to participate in the project Change by Design, Sara will be enjoying the summer in Italy and myself... looking forward to catching up on some reading in the hammock! Happy summer to you all! / Petra
In the same smithy, a year ago, we asked the question, "What the hell are you doing here?". This led to a series of exciting conversations in the smithy of Gislöv, on topics like production and consumption, design, art and craft and cultural heritage, to name a few. The most recent meeting asking the question of what the bigger context look like.
Smedjangruppen, consisting of four artists and designers, are exploring these topics from the perspective of their individual position in the countryside of south eastern Scania.
In the past year the group has arranged local meetings, asked questions, deepened the discussion and initiated dialogue with the Region Museum in Kristianstad and Österlen Museum.
We now invite everybody for a dinner to continue the conversation with us.
Visitors are invited to a dinner in the smithy of Gislöv together with:
Gunnel Pettersson, artist (Glimminge)
Petra Lilja, Industrial Designer (Malmö-Glimminge)
Amit Sen, musician and artist (Hammenhög)
Kristofer Åberg, Forge and Designer (St Olof)
Location: Skånes Building Center Gislöv 2012, Simrishamn
Collaboration with Gislöv's Wrought Museum and Byagille
Contact: Gunnel Pettersson, 070 615 0254
For the new vases in the 1+1+1 collaboration between Aalto Aalto, Hugdetta and Petra Lilja design studio we are experimenting with unexpected mash ups of 3D models. They have just been printed at the Ad lab of Aalto University. What do you think?