by Henrik Vibskov

A spiral-shaped sculptural object that lacks the functional purpose of the regular umbrella.

When Henrik Vibskov was asked to create an umbrella, the result was the Umspiral: a sculptural object that has preserved a recognisable form but lacks the functional purpose of the regular umbrella. The technically sophisticated Umspiral is made using the same materials and principles as a conventional umbrella. The canopy projects into multiple layers in a spiral-shaped system with obvious visual references to the DNA double helix. In its red/white colour scheme, the resulting shape also hints at Tintin’s iconic moon rocket.

textile, wood and metal

100 x 100 cm


Henrik Vibskov
designer, b. 1972
Henrik Vibskov has his own fashion brand and is included in the prestigious official programme at the biannual Men’s Fashion Week in Paris. He often collaborates with performing artists from theatre, music or other art forms and has designed costumes for the Copenhagen-based theatre company Hotel Proforma, Oslo Opera House and Brussels Opera House. His work often involves the creation of an entire universe in a variety of media and dimensions: clothes, works of art, installations and sound, each aspect functioning independently or in close combination with other features. His fashion design has a clear functional focus and a characteristic expression that typically involves multiple patterns, colours and shapes. His inspiration comes from many different sources and rarely from one place alone – from a piece of sound art or a film; from nothing in particular or anything at all…

2014 to date: professor at Design School Kolding
2008 to date: associate professor at Central Saint Martins, London and IED, Madrid, among other institutions
2012: Member of Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine, France
2001: Graduated as menswear designer from Central Saint Martins, London

Selected grants and honours
2012: The Grand Jury Prize Danish Fashion Awards
2012: Three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation
2011: Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Award

Selected exhibitions
2015: Retrospective solo exhibition, Daelim Museum, Seoul
2013: Solo exhibition, Designmuseo Helsinki
2013: Solo exhibition: ‘Neck Plus Ultra’, Kunsthal Gl. Strand, Copenhagen



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