After more than 2 years, it’s finally what we call “design season” – with New York Design Week, Salone Del Mobile, 3 Days of Design and the Collectible Design Fair all taking place in the coming weeks. With that in mind, we’ve decided to dedicate the next two weeks to one of our favorite topics, and one of the things we enjoy scouting the most at those trade shows: new and emerging talents in furniture, interiors, objects, and Lake. We hope you will enjoy it!
Since graduating from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2018, Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan — who bear the name Christian + Jade † have combined their love for material history, context and raw expression through their studio in Copenhagen. He’s from Denmark, she’s from Singapore, and together they’ve already developed a strong visual language around two very specific themes: projects based on and around fire, and projects made from hammered aluminum, with some obvious overlaps.
The couple’s interest in reintroducing fire to modern living environments, both safe and beautiful, has most directly resulted in a bioethanol fireplace. The all-black design, called Gathering Heat, consists of a cylindrical “log” from which the fire burns, protected by a sculptural guard resembling an abstract flame. “We started with the question ‘how can we design for the act of collecting?'” they said. “This led us to fire, a natural element that has played a historical role in our lives as humans, providing us with warmth, security, light and food, while allowing us to become the social beings we are today.”
Christian + Jade were taught how to hammer aluminum from a retired aircraft manufacturer in Detroit, and they have used this technique to shape the material into various flowing shapes. These include Proud To Be Humble, a series of mirrors with distorted reflections; the Smoke Cloud Chandelier, an oil lamp that looks like a pole of metal floating in the air; and Reflecting Flame wall sculptures that create niches for candles. “We love the softness and flexibility of the material and find it fascinating how we can shape a flat aluminum sheet into a three-dimensional functional object with our hands,” said the duo.
These aluminum studies have led Juhl and Chan to evaluate other materials used for everyday objects as well, and current projects include a deep dive into the world of wood with Danish flooring company dinner† Soon they will also explore the geopolitical problems of sand extraction through the lens of material glass with the Austrian Schloss Hollenegg for Design† We can’t wait to see what comes next.