Relatives
by Rasmus Bækkel Fex

A series of chairs combined in different ways to achieve different functions.


Relatives – an experiment about context. What happens when you create a design that has no function whatsoever – is it then art? It certainly dwells in the borderland between the two. When you let go of function and mass production as starting points for the creative process, new ways of thinking about design emerge. The works are the result of a long and winding conceptual process.
Most of his products are developed using the process statement ‘Art with function – Design without’, a method developed by Fex in an attempt to push his thinking outside the box. This tool forces his thoughts along new paths and promotes a conceptual approach to the design craft. Designers love to focus on function, and the word ‘art’ often has slightly negative connotations. Fex works with a foot in each camp; the conflict between ‘art’ and ‘design’ is nonexistent.

Rasmus Bækkel Fex b.1981, furniture designer
Rasmus B. Fex takes a highly conceptual approach to his work, which he describes as a free-floating process that moves freely among design, craft and art. In his design approach, Fex systematically seeks to explore and challenge genre conditions and boundaries. He views the genres as equal but positioned at opposite ends of the scale. Rasmus B. Fex views furniture as functional sculptures. His inspiration comes from artistic directions such as Dadaism, especially Marcel Duchamp, and from prominent designers such as Gerrit Rietveld and the Droog collective.

Education
2012: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – The School of Design.
2012: Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design

Grants and honours
2013: [D³] Design Talents – nominee
2012: Danish Design Award. Talent 2012 – nominee
2011: FSC Award – 2nd place
2010: Innovation Cup – winner

Selected exhibitions
2013: Pej gruppen
2013: [D³] Design Talents Exhibition
2012: The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition
2012: Danish Design Award Exhibition
2012: Solo exhibition, KASB, Copenhagen
2012: “Temporary/Contemporary”
2011: FSC Award Exhibition, Trapholt, Denmark

Commissions
The Hamsun Centre, Norway – the 9.5° chair

Website
www.bfex.dk

Relatives - by Rasmus Bækkel Fex
Photo credit: 2017 © Danish Crafts / jeppegudmundsen.com

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