A mattress is the one piece of furniture we really need; it defines our area of rest and safety
A mattress is the one piece of furniture we really need. The universal basis of comfort, rest and homeliness, regardless of status and culture. The name, ‘miftah’, is Arabic for key: a physical key to a door or a home as well as a figurative key to something new. In a comment on the current refugee situation in Europe, Halstrøm-Odgaard chose the name with the aim of sparking associations to an open door that leads to safety, a new country, culture or home and new solutions. The small pillow doubles as an extra chair when you welcome a guest or share your home with someone else.
The textile was hand-woven at the duo’s own workshop to pay tribute to this humble piece of furniture in a weave inspired by traditional Danish peasant techniques. The three-ply woollen yarn was designed to create a monotone surface from a distance and a random and intriguing pattern up close. At one end of the pillow and mattress, variations in the shape and weave add a graphic detail to the design.
Icelandic wool, cotton, foam
mattress 80 x 120 cm; pillow 55 x 55 cm
Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm: Danish furniture designer, b. 1977
Margrethe Odgaard: Danish textile designer, b. 1978
The design duo Halstrøm-Odgaard was formed in 2014. Their primary materials are wood, steel and textile, but they also work in other materials, depending on the task at hand. An important aspect of their working process is an interest in the interactions and potential of form, colours and patterns, and their work often explores the capability of patterns and colours to suggest form and, conversely, the capability of form to suggest patterns. Their no-frills objects often consist of simple forms with colour schemes that the user can combine in a variety of ways to modify the function or overall expression.
CV – Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm
2007: Graduated from The Danish Design School (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)
CV – Margrethe Odgaard
2005: Graduated from The Danish Design School (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)
Selected grants and honours
2014: Danish Arts Foundation
2014: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968
2014: L.F. Foghts Fond
2016: DesignMarch16, Reykjavik, Iceland
2014: solo exhibition, ‘Included Middle’, Superobjekt Galleri, Copenhagen
2014: ‘Dine Drink Danish Design’, pop-up exhibition, Designmuseum Danmark