Introduction to THE CABINET MAKER at Jackson Design in Berlin. On view March-July 2013.
Welcome to "The Cabinet Maker" at Jacksons Berlin, an exhibition that takes a unique approach to the history of the cabinetmaking tradition in both Denmark and Sweden, and traces the formidable relationships that bonded cabinetmaker and architect during the height of the twentieth century.
Kaare Klint had been a seminal force in the development of Danish Modern, when in 1924 he founded the Department of Furniture Design at the School of Architecture, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. His influence encouraged students to address modern-day functionalist needs by rejecting the use of applied ornament in favor of raw materials, and to honor the centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship by working from historical models--particularly the English 18th-century.
The social democratic values taking root in Denmark between the World Wars had created an atmosphere ripe with possibility for a new generation to reinvigorate the industry. Under Klint's leadership at the academy in cooperation with the Danish Cabinet Makers' Guild, annual exhibitions were initiated in 1927 that fostered new and lasting partnerships between architects and cabinetmakers--most notably Kaare Klint and Rud. Rasmussen, Ole Wanscher and A.J. Iversen, Hans J. Wegner and Johannes Hansen, and Finn Juhl and Niels Vodder. The exhibition at Jacksons focuses on these very cabinet makers who contributed an unparalleled knowledge of craftsmanship and quality to the work, yet are oftentimes overshadowed by their collaborators.
Several pieces by Carl Malmsten's master cabinet maker--Hjalmar Jackson--showcase an incredibly rare sensibility towards material and construction technique. Other cabinetmakers featured in the exhibition played both roles of cabinet maker and designer, such as the enigmatic Fritz Henningsen--proprietor of a furniture-making workshop in Copenhagen--and the eccentric Peder Moos--who crafted nearly all the made-to-order pieces himself and is rumored to have never used a screw in his life.