The Last Piece of Furniture
by Søren Ulrik Petersen

A bookcase that converts into a coffin. The shelves form a lid and the legs can be fitted as handles. Everything is used, nothing is thrown away.


Most people live a long life filled with experiences and material substance. When we grow old we sort our belongings and keep only the ones that are most essential for our own self-concept and self-image. This bookcase is designed to hold the books, films and material memories that are most precious and carry unique meaning specifically for you.
One day it is all over, and your body has to go. The bookcase can be converted into a coffin where the shelves form a lid, and the legs can be fitted as handles. Everything is used, nothing is thrown away.
In the old days, the local cabinetmaker would make tables, cabinets, other furniture and coffins for the locals.

Søren Ulrik Petersen b. 1961, designer and cabinetmaker
Søren Ulrik Petersen has a functionalist approach to his productions and aims for his works to create unique encounters between people. Søren Ulrik Petersen is an example of a designer who carries on the Danish furniture and design tradition, managing to combine art and craft with a keen feel for the materials. One example of this is his dinnerware “Essence”, produced by Royal Copenhagen, which is used in the restaurants at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Søren Ulrik Petersen’s preferred material is wood, which he appreciates for its beautiful, modern and environmentally friendly material qualities. The fact that wood speaks to all our senses – the smell of wood, the visual appearance of wood, the sound of wooden instruments, the tactile feel of wood, the taste of wine aged in wooden casks – has been a key quality in driving his fascination and preference for this material. To Søren Ulrik, working in wood is a sublime experience and sensation.
Søren Ulrik Petersen aims to convey the underlying idea behind his works in a clear and accessible form. He is no great fan of decoration but cuts to the bone to allow the work to speak for itself and to make it accessible.
Søren Ulrik Petersen draws inspiration from his close surroundings and from daily activities and routines. Another source of inspiration is the close cooperation with joiners and visits to joiner’s workshops, where his creativity is fuelled by the machinery and the stacks of wood rather than by the finished products.

Education
1990: The Danish Design School, (now the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design) 1985: Trained as a cabinetmaker in Jørgen Wulff’s cabinetmaker’s workshop

Selected exhibitions
2012: MAISON&OBJET
2010: MINDCRAFT10, Danish Crafts, Milan
2007: “ONBOARD”, solo exhibition, Danish Museum of Art & Design (now Designmuseum Danmark)
1996-2012: The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition

Grants and honours
2011: One of five designers invited to compete to create new furniture for the UN headquarters, New York
2010: Sølvsmed Kay Bojesen og hustru Erna Bojesens Mindelegat
2007: Walk the Plank Award
2007: Award from the Danish Arts Foundation for the exhibition ONBOARD
2007: SUP, solo exhibition at Kunstmuseet i Tønder
2002: Bo Bedre Furniture Award

Manufacturers
PP Møbler
Royal Copenhagen
Georg Jensen
OneCollection

Collections
Designmuseum Danmark
Trapholt
MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Tønder Museum, Tønder
Bauhaus Archive, Berlin
Centre Pompidou, Paris

The Last Piece of Furniture
Made by PP Møbler; consultant: Ejnar P, the founder of PP Møbler

Website
www.sup.dk

The Last Piece of Furniture - by Søren Ulrik Petersen
Photo credit: 2017 © Danish Crafts / jeppegudmundsen.com

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