The Danish Arts Foundation appoints curator for MINDCRAFT18

The Danish Arts Foundation has now appointed the curator for the foundation’s upcoming international design event MINDCRAFT, which takes place annually in Milan, Italy. The 2018 exhibition will be curated and designed by an award-winning Danish designer.

Photo: Søren Rønholt

MINDCRAFT18 will be curated by the internationally recognized Danish furniture designer Ditte Hammerstrøm.

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding has placed Ditte Hammerstrøm in charge of curating and staging the internationally recognized exhibition concept MINDCRAFT, which annually showcases some of the best in Danish design and crafts to the international design industry in connection with the world’s leading design event ‘Fuori Salone’, the Milan Design Week. 

The chairman of the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding, Astrid Krogh, says:

‘The committee sees Ditte Hammerstrøm as a highly engaging and unconventional contemporary curator. She is known for challenging the accepted norms that exist in the Danish furniture tradition. With Ditte Hammerstrøm’s keen eye for the emotional and irrational qualities of design, we are sure to be able to present a conceptually strong MINDCRAFT exhibition next year.’  

MINDCRAFT18 will be on display during the Milan Design Week on 16–22 April 2018, an event that annually draws more than 300,000 design enthusiasts to Milan.

Curator Ditte Hammerstrøm says: 

‘With the exhibition I aim to provide a space for talent and highlight the core competencies of the trade in the form of site-specific works driven by a unique grasp of material properties and high artistic quality and craftsmanship. Works of a sensuous and surprising nature. Both handcraft and mindcraft.’

About Ditte Hammerstrøm

Designer Ditte Hammerstrøm has been active for many years, both in Denmark and in international contexts, with uncompromising and poetic furniture designs that operate at the intersection of free and applied art and between sculpture and furniture. Ditte Hammerstrøm has also been among the selected designers to exhibit at previous MINDCRAFT exhibitions.


MINDCRAFT is an internationally recognized and award-winning exhibition concept with varying participants and external curators that presents the best of Danish crafts and design at the world’s leading design event, the annual Milan Design Week. 

The MINDCRAFT exhibition premiered in 2008, and over the years it has become a well-established and prestigious international platform for Danish craft and design. 

The purpose of MINDCRAFT is to profile Danish craft and design to national and international opinion leaders, press outlets, manufacturers and other professionals in the field. Many of the participants who have exhibited at MINDCRAFT have subsequently been spotted by leading manufacturers and had their MINDCRAFT exhibit put into production. Among these manufacturers are the Italian designer Nemo Cassina as well as several Danish firms, including Fredericia Furniture, HAY, Muuto, Menu, Skagerak and Gubi. Other exhibitors have sold works to private collectors or established new collaborations with respected galleries around the world, including New York, London and Paris.

MINDCRAFT belongs under the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding. The exhibitions are organized by the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces. 

Additional information: 

Senior Adviser Bo Kolbye, Agency of Culture and Palaces, tel.: +45 33 74 55 42,
The Danish Arts Foundation’s press officer, tel.: +45 22 61 19 95

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