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A framework of bright yellow poles and matching cushioned seating set the scene for the Mindcraft exhibition of Danish craft at this year's Milan design week.

Curator Ditte Hammerstrøm's selection for the annual exhibition of Danish design focused on tactility, sensuality and hands-on engagement,

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Pieces she selected included shimmering knitted sculptures, a chair sculpture made of four cast pigment-dyed concrete blocks and ceramics coated in a boiled black-blue glaze.

"I have sought to showcase the experimental scene, where Danish craft and design is quite strong today," said Hammerstrøm. "To me, it is important to highlight the experimental and uncompromising qualities of design and craft and the constant exploration of new ways of addressing the material."

"These are essential qualities to preserve and safeguard in order to ensure the continuing development of the field," she continued.

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Works were arranged across the Chiostro Minore di San Simpliciano – a historic religious cloister in the city's Brera district. Each was a framed by a tangled network of yellow metal poles.

Extending the "hands-on" theme to the exhibition design, cushioned Kvadrat textiles were tied around the cloister's collonaded perimeter to create comfortable make-shift seating.

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In a previous edition of Mindcraft, the Milanese cloister was covered with a mirrored floor by design studio GamFratesi.

At the centre of the cloister was a suspended shimmering Knit sculpture by Iben Høj that moves in the breeze. The fabric is made up of extremely fine-gauge strands, including a fibre with glow-in-the-dark properties that is charged in daylight and subsequently emits light for a limited period of time.

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