Danish designer Louise Campbell designed the poetic chaise longue Slow Relief in 2003. This low lounge chair is made by repeating single slices of laser cut aluminum which is covered with thousands of cotton and wool threads in various colors.
With this surprising chair, Louise Campbell continues to explore the fields of design art where traditional craftsmanship and artistic endeavor is united to form a cutting edge design object.
Louise Campbell was born in Copenhagen in 1970. Being the daughter of a Danish father and an English mother, she grew up and was educated in both countries. After graduating from the London College of Furniture in 1992, she returned to Denmark and continued her studies in Industrial Design at Denmarks Design School, graduating from here in 1995. She set up her own studio in 1996, from where she has worked independently since. Focus is on furniture and lighting design, but the studio is increasingly involved in product design and interior design projects as well.
The client list is long and varied, including companies such as Louis Poulsen, Zanotta, HAY, Royal Copenhagen, Holmegaard, Stelton, Muuto, Interstop and The Danish Ministry of Culture.
Louise Campbell’s work is playful and experimental, and is increasingly gaining a reputation for gently twisting not only every day objects and situations, but also materials and manufacturing processes in new directions.
Born 1970 in Copenhagen, Denmark
Since graduating from the London College of Furniture in 1992, followed by studies in Industrial Design at Denmark’s Design School, Louise Campbell has been a pioneering figure on the contemporary art & design scene, experimenting with free, unconstrained forms and new technologies. Louise Campbell’s work is playful and experimental, and is reputed for gently twisting not only everyday objects and situations, but also materials and manufacturing processes in new directions.
Campbell’s works can be found in multiple prestigious collections, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris ; MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art, New York ; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York ; Philadelphia Museum of Art ; Dallas Museum Of Art ; The Design Museum, Habitare Collection, Helsinki ; Trapholt Museum of Design, Kolding and Die Neue Samlung, München. Louise Campbell has won several awards, including The Danish Art Foundation’s Lifetime Honory Award; H.H Bruun’s Endowment for the Promotion of Art; Martha & Réné Gauguin Foundation’s Artist’s Award; The Good Design Award, Chicago Aethenae; The Bruno Mathsson Award, etc; and her works are produced by many renowned producers like Louis Poulsen Lightning, Zanotta, HAY, Muuto and Holmegaard.
1995 – Graduated from the Institute of Industrial Design, Denmarks Design School.
1992 – Bsc(Hons) in Furniture Manufacture & Innovation from The London College of Furniture
Solo exhibitions, a selection:
« To Be Continued », Maison Du Danemark, Paris 2009.
« Blah, blah, blah » Kunstforeningen Gammel Strand, Copenhagen 2008,
« SimSum » Madrid (2006),
« EPAL » Iceland 2005.
« Studies of Light » – various destinations – Louis Poulsen 2004-2005.
« 3 Falke Moebler » – Copenhagen 2004.
« Quick, Quick, Slow » – Danish Design Centre 2002.
« Waiting Rooms » – Trapholt museum of Design 2002.
Group exhibitions, a selection:
« Design & the Wondrous: On the Nature of Ornament » at Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum, Shanghai, 2020
« Nordic Cool 2013 » – The Kennedy Centre, Washington 2013,
« Designs for Nature 2012 » – Nikari, Fiskars, Helsinki and Stockholm 2012,
« elles@centrepompidou » – Paris 2009,
« Fashioning Felt » – Cooper-Hewitt, New York 2009,
« Habitare Collection » – Helsinki 2009,
« Craft is Goldent » – Milan 2009,
« A week in your life » – ID Magazine and Moleskine, Milan 2009,
« Mindcraft » – Milan 2008,
Designmai– Berlin 2007,
Honey I’m home – Copenhagen 2006,
Use it – Japan, Expo 2005 – Japan.
Nordic cool, hot women designers – Washington.
40/4 Homage to David Rowland – European tour.
SE Snedkernes Efteraarsudstilling.
The Generation X – worldwide tour.
Designers Block – London and Tokyo.
The Danish Wave – Asia.
Talente – Munich. Orgatec.
Milan furniture Fair.
Maison et Objet Fair – Paris.
Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Cologne Furniture Fair.
Scandinavian Furniture Fair.
Exhibitions organised, curated and designed by the studio:
Walk the Plank 1 + 2 – Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris, Tokyo, Kolding.
Derfor – Danish Crafts.
Paustian – Copenhagen.
Stuff, ingenuity and Critique – Toronto.
Kropsholder and Redlohspork – Copenhagen and London.
Grants and Awards, a selection:
2015: The Danish Art Foundation’s lifetime honorary award / Statens Kunstfonds haedersydelse
2014: HH Bruun’s endowment for the promotion of art
2012: The State’s Arts Council award.
2011: Martha & Paul Rene Gauguins foundation’s artist’s award.
2009: The ‘Prince Eugen Medal’ Sweden. Bolig Magasinets Design Award.
2008: Bolig Magasinets Design Award. Bo BedreMagazine ‘Element’ Design Award.
2007: Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal, The Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, Bruno Mathsson Award
2006: Wallpaper Magazine – Interiors Maverick Award. 2005: Bo BedreMagazine – Designer of the Year Award.
2004: The Finn Juhl Architectural Award. IF Gold medal Award for Campbell Pendant.
2003: The State ArtsCouncil Award for Bille goes Zen. Red dot Design Award.
2002: The state Arts Council three year work grant. Erik Herl’s Award.
1999: Harlang & Toksvig Fonden. Kulturministeriets Udviklingsfond. Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilaeumsfond. Designfonde.
Collections, a selection:
Centre George Pompidou, MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art, New York Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal The Design Museum, Habitare Collection, Helsinki Die Neue Samlung, München Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Dallas Museum Of Art, Dallas Musée National D’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris Trapholt Museum of Design, Copenhagen Museum of Applied Arts, Copenhagen