Sound-absorbing element constructed as an open weave on a plywood ring, glued together of six laser-cut segments. The outside of the ring has 720 laser-cut slits to hold the thread. Suspended from a pivot joint, the ring is wound around with thread in thousands of high-precision movements. The weave takes about two weeks to complete. It has to be tight enough to produce a regular pattern and loose enough not to warp the ring. A metal fitting is embedded between the layers of the plywood.
In Sun Disc Cecilie Bendixen continues her engagement with sound-absorbing installations that qualify as architectural and decorative elements by combining quantifiable technical properties with a poetic, textile expression. The gossamer-like thread used to create the multi-layered patterns is so reflectant that some areas appear almost black, while others are a radiant white. The shiny surface creates an association to the sun and turns the disc into a subtle, indirect light source in the architectural space.
Lacquered birch plywood, stainless-steel fitting, polyester thread
Ø 200 cm, T 4 cm
Tent architect, b. 1975
Cecilie Bendixen’s work always strives for a precise balance between aesthetic and function, where every aspect of a work – materials, production methods, construction and expression – contributes to a seamless fusion of beauty and utility.
She explores the architectural potential of textile materials, from thick, unique weaves to light, delicate fabrics that interact with light and weather in outdoor settings, often in tent structures made of fabric and thin rods of metal or wood. Her works represent the architect’s desire to create and define a space by introducing structural demarcations, the artist’s intuitive fascination with the tactile or visual quality of a material and the craft maker’s passion for techniques and material properties, such as strength, pliability, sound absorption and bio-degradability.
Education and practice
2013: PhD, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design
2012: founded own studio, Tegnestuen Tekstile Rum
2005: MA, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Selected collaborations and projects
2017: Tent for ‘Den Rejsende Billedskole’ (The Travelling Art School) for Vejen Art Museum
2016: Tent types for ‘Herrens Mark’, a workshop at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
2016: ‘Slinky Tubes’, permanent site-specific installation at the Technical University of Denmark
2015: Development of sound-absorbing elements, Technical University of Denmark
2014: Sound-absorbing and light-diffusing screen wall for the Skibelund Hall, Vejen Art Museum, Vejen, Denmark
Selected grants and honours
2017: Danish Arts Foundation, Committee for Architecture Grants and Project Funding, project grant
2017: Danish Arts Foundation, Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding, project grant
2017: Academy Council, Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal
2017: Nominated for Nordic Award in Textiles by Stiftelsen Fokus Borås
2014: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, project grant
2017: Danish Design Now, Designmuseum Danmark
2017: ‘Paesaggio.Art.Landscape’, Biella, Italy
2015: ‘Design Miami/’, Miami, FL, USA and Basel, Switzerland, with Galerie Maria Wettergren
2015: ‘Skulpturlandsbyen Selde’ (Sculpture Village Selde), Selde, Denmark
2014: ‘Open Window Units’, Kolding, Aalborg, Copenhagen and Møn, Denmark