Wood bed linen
The four products in the ’Wood’ series were created during a working stay in southern Finland. In a larger framework, they are part of Laura Baruël’s ongoing project ‘Patterns of Praise’, which aims to develop a Nordic pattern: an idiom and pattern practice based in Nordic vegetation and characteristic features of Nordic landscapes. ‘Patterns of Praise’ is inspired by Nordic landscape and design traditions and the concept of Genius Loci – the spirit of a place and its impact on the people who live there. In the sometimes inhospitable weather conditions of the Nordic regions, the home is a crucial base – a shelter in the wilderness, where the exuberance of life forms a warm, bright contrast to the cold, dark winters.
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b. 1975, Danish fashion designer
Laura Baruël graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2006. Among her exhibitions are Rococo-mania at Designmuseum Danmark in 2013, which juxtaposed contemporary art and design with 18th-century craft products, and a Japanese-inspired contribution to the Spring Exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in 2007. In 2010, she presented the solo exhibition Cosmic Garden at the Beijing Studio Gallery. She was awarded grants from the Danish Arts Foundation in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Some of her works are included in the permanent exhibition of Designmuseum Danmark.
Laura Baruël's work focuses on the relationship between modern man and nature, exploring a borderland between design, craft, set design and art. The outcome is experimental fashion design ranging from one-off exhibition pieces to ready-to-wear dresses, textile design and costumes for film and theatre. She works mainly in textile with the inclusion of fibres and elements from plants. In recent years, her creative process has often involved exploring a location by documenting light, colours, moods etc. and collecting vegetation and other elements. Using a variety of techniques, including imprints, prints and conservation, she then translates these elements into images, patterns and three-dimensional form. Nature and the way our life is embedded in our natural setting forms the key inspiration for her work, and her designs often derive from on-site studies in nature supplemented with studies of natural history collections as well as works by artists and writers whose work relates to nature.