With the architectonic Ratio table, the Danish contemporary designer Rasmus Fenhann (Winner of the Finn Juhl Prize 2016) further explores the beauty of geometric form combined with exquisite craftsmanship. The perfect proportions are derived from the Golden Ratio and the relationship between the rectangle and the square. In Ratio, Rasmus Fenhann shows the close connection between design and architecture, underlining the fact that the difference is often mainly a question of scale.
Alone, or several combined, the Ratio table is proposing interesting shifts in scale and direction, making possible different formations and functions. The inspiration comes from Japan and the Ratio tables are created as a challenge to make the thinnest solid wood construction possible, still with a stable and strong construction. Thanks to the thin lines in Ratio, Rasmus Fenhann manages to create an exceptionally transparent structure. Like the split Cane fishing rods, the table is made out of mitred frames, glued together in 45°. This requires an extreme accuracy which can only be obtained through the combination of CNC technology and handcraft. Special Jigs are created and high skill with Japanese hand planers is needed to get a perfect finish.
Rasmus Fenhann has a double education at the Danish Royal Academy of Art and Design, Furniture Department 1997-2003, and as a Cabinetmaker 1991-1996, He is considered as one of the most important Scandinavian designers today in the field of handmade art design. He is frequently exhibiting in Japan, Europe and in the United States, and his works are part of important private and public collections such as the permanent collection of Design Museum Denmark. Rasmus Fenhann has received several Prizes and awards such as the Danish Arts and Crafts Silver Medal, 2004 and the Finn Juhl Prize, 2016.
Born 1972, lives and works in Copenhagen
Unfold, Designmuseum Denmark 2017, Pitch Black, The Lapidarium of Kings 2016, Re_Form Biennale, Kinfolk gallery 2016, PAD/Paris, Chart/CPH, Salon New York, Galerie Maria Wettergren 2016, Petit, Oregaard Museum and Maison du Danemark Paris, Learning from Japan, Designmuseum Denmark 2015, PAD/Paris, Design/Basel, The Salon New York, Galerie Maria Wettergren 2015, Japanometry, Solo Exhibition, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris 2015, Textility, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 2014, Crossing the line, Trapholt Art Museum 2014, Design/Miami, The Salon/New York, PAD/London and Paris, Galerie Maria Wettergren, 2014, Pierre Yovanivitch, AD France, Hôtel Particulier du Miramion Paris, 2013, Storage, Designmuseum Denmark, 2013, Globalisation, Trapholt Art Museum 2013, Kunst på Fad, Frigatten Jylland 2013, Design/Miami, PAD/London and Paris, Galerie Maria Wettergren 2013, Sculptural Furniture, Thorvaldsens Museum 2012, Recession, Trapholt Art Museum 2012, Design/Miami Galerie Maria Wettergren 2012, New Nordic, Trapholt Art Museum 2011, Wood Couture, Galerie Maria Wettergren, 2010, My Precious, International woodwork Exhibition, Designmuseum Denmark 2010, Crafts Collection CC14, Maison et Objet, Paris 2010, From seed to.., Bella Center, Copenhagen 2010, Second Nature, Japanese/Danish contemporary design, Rundetaarn, Copenhagen 2009, Branching Out, Bella Center, Copenhagen 2009, Made in Denmark 100% Design, London, Branching Out, Designmuseum Denmark 2007, Tasmanian Crafts Fair, Deloraine, Tasmania 2006, Vennelyst, Frederiksberg Have Copenhagen 2006, Sydform, Form Design Center, Malmoe, Sweden 2005, DANISH Framing the future of design, Danish Embassy, Berlin and in Design Center, Copenhagen 2005, AERO, Solo Exhibition, Designmuseum Denmark 2005, Arts and Crafts Prize exhibition, Designmuseum Denmark 2004, 10 years, Danish Cabinetmakers Associations Jubilee exhibition, Designmuseum Denmark, Trapholt Art museum and Form Design Center, Malmoe Sweden 2002, Masterpieces, 100 years of Danish Cabinetmaking, Kronborg Castle 2000, Touch Wood, Danish Cabinetmakers Association, Designmuseum Denmark, 1997.
Finn Juhl Prize, 2016; Danish Arts and Crafts, Silver medal, 2004, Gurli and Paul Madsens Mindelegat, 2000, Danish Arts and Crafts, Bronze medal, 1999, Cabinetmakers Silver medal, 1997.
Danish Art Foundation, 2016/2015/2014/2010, Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, 2016/2015/2009/2008/2004, Augustinus Fonden, 2007, Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæums Fond af 1968, 2007/2006/2004, Konsul George Jork og Hustru Emma Jorcks Fond ,2004, Fabrikant Svend Aage Rasmussen og Hustrus Mindelegat, 2000, Gurli og Paul Madsens Fond, 2000, Georg og Emilie Petersens Legatfond, 2001, Det Reiersenske Fond, 2001, Margot og Thorvald Dreyers Fond, 2000, Fabriksejer, Ingeniør Valdemar Selmer Trane og Hustru Elisa Tranes Fond, 2000, Glashandler Johan Franz Ronges Fond, 2000, Premieselskabet, 2000.
Trained Cabinetmaker with Silver medal, 1991-1996, Danish Royal Academy of Art and Design, Furniture Department 1997-2003.
Member of the jury for The Danish Cabinetmakers Guild’s Wood Prize, 2015, Member of The Cabinetmakers Autumn Exhibition, 2012, Represented by Galerie Maria Wettergren since 2010, Faculty at Danish Institute for Study Abroard’s Furniture Program since 2009, Faculty at Danish Royal Academy of Art and Design, Teaching design process, 2005-2014, Established own Cabinetmakers workshop since 2003, Employed by Nanna Ditzel 2003-2005, 3 months trip, studying and working in Japan with traditional craftsmen in 2001 and 2003. Trainee at Hans Sandgren Jakobsen Design, 2001, Member of the Danish Cabinetmakers Association, 1996.