The furniture demonstrates a new upholstery technique that challenges the traditional approach. The padding intervenes and mixes with the very core and integral structure of the furniture piece.
Soft Structure is a piece of padded furniture that incorporates and shapes the room. The furniture demonstrates a new upholstery technique that challenges the traditional approach. Unlike the traditional structure of upholstered furniture where the padding is added to a frame, the padding in “Soft Structure” intervenes and mixes with the very core and integral structure of the piece. The work is made in painted steel and cold foam with strips of cold foam woven, braided, twisted and wrapped around a precise structure of steel pipes. In Ditte Hammerstrøm’s own words, “The overall vision is to create a piece of padded furniture that forms a room within the room. An additional goal is to give the piece an expression that clearly demonstrates a contrast between a controlled structure and expressive upholstery and a contrast between open and closed space.” Ditte Hammerstrøm has received support for the project from Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968, Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond, and OAK Foundation Denmark. Foam sponsored by Bramming Plast-Industri A/S.
Ditte Hammerstrøm received the “Walk the Plank” award in 2008 and exhibited solo at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen, which also purchased one of her works for their collection. Ditte Hammerstrøm exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taiwan in 2007, in Wallpaper’s Global Edit exhibition, Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in 2006, and in “Møbellandskaber” (Furniture landscapes) – a solo exhibition at Trapholt in Kolding in 2009. Ditte Hammerstrøm received the three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation in 2009.
The point of departure for Ditte Hammerstrøm’s work is always the activity and the relationship that the furniture or the object is going to enter into and the mutual influences between people, space and objects. Her work process is an ongoing playful exploration of materials, proportions, details, icons, recognisability and norms. The inspiration may spring from the most unlikely sources or everyday situations – and her choice of materials depends on the given project. Ditte Hammerstrøm is always exploring everyday objects with an emphasis on the irrational and emotional qualities that is just as essential as functionality for the objects we choose to surround ourselves with.
Ditte Hammerstrøm, born 1971. Industrial designer, graduated from The Danish Design School in 2000.