Objective Studies drops first equitable design collection with A Calm Place exhibition

A Calm Place exhibition by Objective Studies at Refugio

A tranquil exhibition during 3 Days of Design showcased the launch collection for Objective Studies, a digital platform that shares its profits with designers and makers.

A Calm Place featured furniture and homeware from 10 designers and studios, all now being marketed and sold directly from Objective Studies.

A Calm Place exhibition by Objective Studies at Refugio
Objective Studies launched with an exhibition at Refugio

The objects were presented in a scenography inspired by Korshagehus, a thatched, modernist summerhouse in Odsherred, Denmark, built by architect Erik Korshagen in 1960.

The exhibition was staged at Refugio, a co-working studio in Copenhagen’s Østerbro neighbourhood.

A Calm Place exhibition by Objective Studies at Refugio
The inaugural collection includes furniture pieces by Mario Martinez and Ted Synnott

Designer Matteo Fogale and e-commerce expert Lijana Norkaityte co-founded Objective Studies with a vision to bring greater equity to the design industry.

“We are building a business model where we will share equal profits with designers and makers,” they told Dezeen.

“We joined the industry with the belief that we can put designers and makers at the forefront, and shed light on the quality and hours needed to create unique objects that will stand the test of time.”

A Calm Place exhibition by Objective Studies at Refugio
Exhibition curators Sébastien El Idrissi and Sara De Campos also contributed pieces

Objective Studies will launch products in limited editions, with product drops rather than seasonal collections.

“Drops will appear when we have something valuable to show, not simply for the sake of launching or to keep adding items to an infinite collection,” said the founders.

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“We want to discourage unnecessary production, keeping quantities limited and made-to-order to encourage conscious consumption.”

The first drop of 20 objects includes the pine-wood Korshage bench by Spanish designer Sina Sohrab, the Unité daybed by CPRV and the characterful Salas chair by Copenhagen-based Mario Martinez.

A Calm Place exhibition by Objective Studies at Refugio
Juhl & Lange designed the woven baskets, while the Korshage bench is by Sina Sohrab

Among the lighting works is Arète, a vertical pendant made from sailcloth designed by Asca Studio, while pieces by New Zealand-based Ted Synnott include the aluminium Terra stool.

Accessories also feature, with woven baskets and dustpan and brush sets by Danish studio Juhl & Lange.

A Calm Place exhibition by Objective Studies at Refugio
Sébastien El Idrissi designed the Stack planters

The exhibition was curated by designers Sara De Campos and Sébastien El Idrissi with the aim of promoting slow living, inspired by Danish culture and in line with the ethos behind Objective Studies.

The curators also have works in the collection; designs by De Campos include a hand-woven wool rug and an aluminium tray, while El Idrissi’s pieces include the Claro salt and pepper grinders.

A Calm Place exhibition by Objective Studies at Refugio
Juhl & Lange’s works also include dustpan and brush sets

Fogale and Norkaityte hope the launch of Objective Studies will bring greater transparency to the process and costs involved in designing and producing furniture, and how profit is distributed.

“We want to challenge how design and craft products are marketed, and how designers are compensated for their work,” the pair said.

“We want people to know why certain items cost what they do,” they continued.

A Calm Place exhibition by Objective Studies at Refugio
The scenography took cues from modernist summerhouse Korshagehus

“We are well aware that not everyone can purchase a piece of furniture for over €1,000 but we hope we can expose the value that comes with each design object, from the materials chosen to the hours that it took to make them.”

“We live with these objects, we use them every day and if we choose well, we can pass them on to generations to come.”

A Calm Place was on show at Refugio in Copenhagen from 12 to 14 June as part of 3 Days of Design. See Dezeen Events Guide for more architecture and design events around the world.

The photography is by the curators.

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