Barber shop table on a white patterned floor by Friis & Black

A floor and a table with an evocative pattern that adds poetry to everyday life.

Print flooring is unusual today, but in the baroque, floors with painted patterns were common. The unique patterns give these patterned floor surfaces a light, airy character that brings out the transparent and three-dimensional aspects of the surface. All the wooden surfaces have been silk-screen printed in a multi-layered technique and subsequently lacquered. The silk-screen technique creates a delicate impression of the simultaneously simple and intricate patterns and helps give the Nordic wooden floor a new and challenging expression.
The barber shop table draws inspiration from the old barber shop chair that could be raises and lowered, depending on the barber’s and the customer’s height.

Lisbet Friis & Uffe Black b. 1957, textile designer – b. 1951, architect
Friis & Black presented their first joint exhibition in autumn 2011 at the furniture house Paustian in Copenhagen. The duo consists of textile artist Lisbet Friis and architect Uffe Black. They have been contributing to the scene of craft and design since the 1980s. Friis & Black aim to enhance their individual competences in a shared expression where Lisbet Friis’ keen sense of graphic patterns and colours and Uffe Black’s insightful analysis of form and construction are often reflected in interpretations of quirky and amazing utilitarian objects that they come across as part of everyday life. Seeking expression through a poetic and living language is the driving force behind their work, the duo explains.

Friis, 1985: The Danish Design School (now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design)
Black, 1987: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Architecture

Friis: Rug collection for Fabula Living, Crafts Selection for Fritz Hansen, freelance designer for Kvadrat, Epice, Inwear
Black: Källemo, ASKO

Selected exhibitions
2012: Danish Crafts Collection 16, MAISON&OBJET, Paris
2011: “Dots and Circumstances”, Paustian, Copenhagen
2006: CC+ for MoMA New York with Danish Crafts
1996: VI Architecture Biennale in Venice

Grants and honours
Friis: Working bursaries from the Danish Arts Foundation
Black: Georg Jensen Prize, New Carlsberg Foundation, Margot and Thorvald Dreyer’s Foundation

Friis: Designmuseum Danmark, Danish Arts Foundation, The Carlsberg Foundation


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