In ironically sunny pastels, Brooklyn artist Tony Matelli creates a felted woolen throw with an inky graphic taken from his own personal faxes in the early aughts. Fashioned from softest 100% New Zealand wool, each blanket displays a mix of machine writing, drawings and handwritten asides as Matelli contrasts his own status with that of his wealthy patrons. Originally a print series for a 2008 exhibit in Stockholm, the messages now populate this special collection from Normann x Brask, the Copenhagen brand's collaboration with curator Jens-Peter Brask.
70.9" h x 51.2" w (180x130cm)
New Zealand wool
“When Jan and I look at new designs for Normann Copenhagen, we take a very intuitive approach to the products,” according to cofounder Poul Madsen. “A picture can say much more than words and if we are both struck by what we see, we are interested.” Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen teamed up to create the Normann Copenhagen with a vision to shake up the contemporary design field. Now known the world over, they collaborate with new names and established talents from their native Denmark as well as internationally.
The company puts a premium on challenging conventional thinking in collections of tabletop products, lighting and furniture—with bold design strokes, innovative materials and a deft enjoyment of color. “We like products that have an original idea and a simple design, although we do not tie ourselves to a particular line,” Poul adds. “For us, the important thing is that the projects we get involved in bring something new into the world of design.”