Marbelous Wood – Refraction
by Pernille Snedker Hansen

A floor and wall installation inspired by the refraction of light through a prism.

Marbelous Wood – Refraction is part of a larger series entitled Marbelous Wood, which is a series of wood adorned with a marbling pattern, a technique known from old book covers.
The floor is the largest wooden surface in Scandinavian homes. Marbelous Wood reinterprets this classic domestic feature with vibrating colours across its surface. In Marbelous Wood – Refraction, both the form of the parquet floor and the applied pattern are inspired by the refraction of light through a prism, a graduating colour scale from one colour to the next. Its highly organic yet graphic patterning creates an optical experience as your feet move across the floor. The transparent marbling pattern merges with the wood, entering into a dialogue with the inherent ornamentation of wood.
Marbelous Wood tells a story about time. Each print captures a unique frozen moment within the process. Produced one drop of colour after another, ring by ring, the pattern is constructed on the water surface. The final result is a reflection of the annual rings of wood.

Pernille Snedker Hansen b. 1978, textile designer
Pernille Snedker Hansen aims to create surfaces that curiosity and indirectly change our way of sensing, perceiving and living in our surroundings. She uses nature as an active contributor and leaves some of the finished expression up to natural factors. She believes that the transformable, tactile and poetic quality of textile design can be used to communicate and help change social and sustainable values and the experience in the built environment.

2007: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
2004: Kolding School of Design, Textile Design

Selected exhibitions
2011: Biennale for Crafts & Design
2009: “The Playce Between”, Galleri 2012 (exhibition together with Will Gurley)

Grants and honours
2012: Wallpaper Award for Marbelous Wood Floor
2011: Nominated for the Biennale Prize, the Biennale for Crafts & Design
2010: Danish Arts Foundation
2010+13: Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond
2009+11: 15. Juni Fonden
2009+10+12: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation

Produced at the Danish Art Workshops
Supported by Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968


Danish Crafts /

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The BODYPARTy series <br>by Katrine Borup
Kilim <br>by Nina Bruun
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Concrete Gable Table <br>by Christian Flindt
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