EXHIBITED IN TABLEAU, JANUARY 2021
The inherent function of the shelf and the pedestal is to support other things. In the solo exhibition On Balance at TABLEAU furniture designer Anne Brandhøj challenges the character of these furniture by transforming them into individual, sculptural objects. More than 100 unique compositions of combined elements in wood balance freely as pedestals or as shelves hanging on the wall.
Anne Brandhøj is interested in the encounter between elements where cohesion and contrasts emerge, and in these pieces, she analyses and combines wood and shapes. Curved and round shapes such as circles, convexes, and concave arches meet surfaces and edges, douglas fir meets ash and oak meets cherry wood.
Every shelf and pedestal is created as individual monoliths that are to be looked at and used individually. The word mono is a prefix that never stands alone. Generally, the shelf and the pedestal share the same characteristics: they are a prefix assigned to the object they are carrying and they rarely have a high aesthetic value themselves. While the shelves and pedestals in the exhibition still serve the purpose of support, it is not the function of the object that has been the fundamental basis for Anne Brandhøj’s design process. On Balance elevates the shelf and the pedestal as aesthetic objects rather than what they support – an element which is also absent in the exhibition. The new role of the objects is further amplified by being constructed of leftover wood and off cuts with knots, medullary rays, cracks, and pitch pockets that originally should have been burnt and not normally is the viewed object in an art and design exhibition.