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.
The combination of Scandinavian rationalism and femininity, and perhaps her dual nationality, give the works of Louise Campbell an unusual edge. Illustrating contrasts seem to be an issue, that keeps returning in her work. The Prince Chair from 2002, produced by HAY, combines a very personal expression with extremely high tech manufacturing methods. ‘Leave your Mark’, also from 2002, encourages visitors to waiting rooms to rid themselves of their fears, sense of anonymity and aggressions through literally carving their way through the supplied furniture. The design of the Danish Minister of Cultures front office from 2005, represents a refreshing view on how a highly stressful and chaotic office can be transformed into an cosy, clearly comprehensible and nonetheless effective space.
The studio is also known for its interest in less commercial activities. Apart from curating and designing exhibitions, where the preferred subject is presentation of contemporary crafts, Louise Campbell has taken part in numerous activities aiming at improving the design environment in Denmark. Among these initiatives is ‘Walk the Plank’, a collaboration lasting seven years between 30 furniture designers and 60 cabinet makers, who have all donated their time and original design for a truly fine cause. (Learn more at www.walktheplank.dk)
There are a few ground rules the studio aims to abide by: Always start from scratch. Everything is possible until the opposite has been proven. There must be a good reason for every single decision made.
Current commissions include design of chairs, tables, storage units, lamps, tableware, glassware, desktop accessories, and urban installations.
1995 – Graduated from the Institute of Industrial Design, Denmarks DesignSchool.
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.
Other exhibitions, a selection:
« 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.
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:
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:
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
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