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
Friis & Black presented their first joint exhibition in autumn 2011 in the furniture house Paustian in Copenhagen. The duo is made up 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 School of Decorative Art in Copenhagen (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design) and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, respectively. Friis & Black took part in Danish Crafts Collection in 2012 (CC16).
Lisbet Friis took part in CC+ for MoMA in 2006. She received the three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation in 2013 and the grant Ole Haslunds Kunstnerlegat in 2005. Lisbet Friis’ works have been purchased by the Danish Arts Foundation and the New Carlsberg Foundation, and she is represented in the collection of Designmuseum Danmark. Uffe Black received the Georg Jensen Prize in 1998 and grants from the New Carlsberg Foundation in 1988 and from Margot og Thorvald Dreyers Fond in 1992. Lisbet Friis took part in Danish Crafts Collection on her own in 2007 (CC11), 2006 (CC10), 2005 (CC09), 2004 (CC08), 2003 (CC07) and 2002 (CC06).
In 1998, Uffe Black designed all the physical components – tables, benches, tableware etc. - for the event The Dinner Party, which they co-staged together with several young artists. Also in 1998, he created the physical set-up for ‘Bogrummet’ (The Book Space) where the 400 most important volumes of literature, selected by a group of literary experts, were set up in two ‘book towers’.
Friis & Black create practical and innovative furniture and often offer solutions for ‘impossible’ tasks. One of their main motivations is to create meaningful furniture that interacts with the space around. The duo has a strong emphasis on tactile, functional and aesthetic qualities and often uses silk-screen printing, both on wood and textile.