The flexible and dynamic Wallpapered table is made of ash wood and plywood with a patterned surface. The table is part of the series Pattern furniture, a family of furniture characterized by graphic patterns. Here we are introduced to a ‘table with wallpaper’; the table plays with the idea of the traditional paper hanger’s trestle, but in this case, the wallpaper stays on the table and is coated with varnish. Over a period of years, Lisbet Friis has developed a method for printing graphic patterns directly on wood; Friis & Black pursue this technique and turn things upside down, creating a unique and special expression.
The Wallpapered table is appropriate for many different situations, for example as a reading, dining or game table. It is easy to set up and easy to fold up and put away after use. Friis & Black explain that the table says, “here I am” and “use me!” The table is a reinterpretation of the paper hanger’s trestle, whose qualities have been transferred to this easily collapsible, portable and highly versatile table. Wallpapered is characterized by patterns and colours that lend it a highly personal and humorous expression.
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Friis & Black
Friis & Black. Est. 2011
Lisbet Friis b. 1957, textile artist and Uffe Black b. 1951, architect
Friis & Black presented their first joint exhibition in autumn 2011 in the furniture house Paustian in Copenhagen. The duo consists of textile artist Lisbet Friis and architect Uffe Black, and they have been contributing to the scene of craft and design since the 1980s after completing their formal training at The Danish Design School and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, respectively.
Lisbet Friis’ exhibition activities include Danish Crafts’ CC+ for MoMA in New York in 2006 and the solo exhibition Linnedskab – Linen closet – a sense of order Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen, among others. In 2005, Friis received the grant Ole Haslunds Kunstnerlegat, and she has been awarded working bursaries from the Danish Arts Foundation on several occasions. Friis’ design is also represented at Designmuseum Danmark. Uffe Black’s exhibitions include Everyday rooms and rituals at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, and he received a grant from the New Carlsberg Foundation in 1988 and the Georg Jensen Prize in 1998 together with the design group OCTO. He has also received several grants from both the Danish Arts Foundation and Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation. Lisbet Friis has been part of Danish Crafts Collection CC6, CC7, CC8, CC9, CC10 and CC11.
Friis & Black aim to enhance their individual competences in a shared expression where Lisbet’s keen sense of graphic patterns and colours and Uffe’s insightful analysis of form and construction are often reflected in interpretations of quirky and amazing utilitarian objects that they come across as part of everyday life. Seeking expression through a poetic and living language is the driving force behind their work, the duo explains.