Light Plumbing and Furcooler
Light Plumbing is a series of masculine candleholders. With Light Plumbing, Claus Bjerre has taken what is normally a very feminine object and turned it masculine. The candleholders are made in galvanised iron pipe and fittings commonly used in plumbing. The candleholders, which are a mix of craft and industrial design, have a powerful expression and reflect both masculinity and humour.
Furcooler is a champagne cooler made with traditional furrier techniques in rabbit’s fur that has been dyed red. The inspiration for Furcooler was an ambition of combining the qualities of exclusivity associated with fur and champagne. This combination generates a humorous, yet stylish angle to serving and drinking champagne.
b. 1972, Danish Furniture Designer
Bjerre studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and at Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen where he graduated in 2000. He specializes in interior- and furniture design and in recent years he has been working with experimental design. Using furniture as his turning point Bjerre tests the limits of design, searching for design-methods and attempting to reach the core of design-related issues. Bjerre often works with others including Danish design group Culture Corporation with Ditte Hammerstrøm and Jeremy Walton. Their joint work has particular focus on testing the borders between craft and mass-produced industrial design. They have displayed their design-experiments at a long series of trade fairs and exhibitions. Claus Bjerre has curated the international art- and design exhibition “Hjemme Bedst” – no place like home – at the Factory of Art and Design besides being on the editorial staff of The Danish Arts and Crafts Association’s magazine Kunstuff.