GUILD design fair: STUDIO MOLEN

The GUILD Design Fair kicks off on 25 Feb 2015 at the Lookout in Cape Town, more than just a fair for beautiful objects, GUILD represents the coming together of dedicated, focused curators, designers and institutions who are striving to preserve and provoke exceptional, groundbreaking design. GUILD will introduce highly respected design authorities and work from Africa, USA, the Middle East, Britain and Europe, and present these unique viewpoints to a fresh audience.

Studio Molen, led by Dutch artist Frederik Molenschot, represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, works on a wide variety of projects in which it explores the artificial and natural elements of public space and the relation to its users. The studio is known for its monumental bronze lighting sculptures, which, inspired by city lights and the night sky, visualise a vision of a future city.

Sleeping Swaziland, a collaboration with Gone Rural, originates from a similar interest and aims to reveal a contrast between Europe, the US and Asia, where the night sky is lit by thousands of artificial lights, and Africa, where the night’s darkness covers most of the continent; a contrast well visible on aerial photographs. The compelling difference between these parts of the world and a deep interest in Swaziland and its culture were an important motivation for Molenschot to participate in GUILD.

"We removed the distance between my studio in the Netherlands and the workshop in Swaziland and made it into an exciting collaboration."

- Frederik Molenschot

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