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Reform Atelier Collection

January 14, 2024

Reform introduces the Atelier Collection; a collaboration with four Danish artists and designers interpreting familiar materials – metal, wood, glass and ceramics – to create a series of handles for the new Shaker and Plain kitchen cabinet designs. Alberte Tranberg, Maria Bruun, Nina Nørgaard and Yukari Hotta transform an everyday object into something highly personal, exploring the tension between craft and industrial manufacturing. The Atelier Collection reimagines the kitchen as a personal space, making it altogether ours.

Maria Bruun – wood
Designer Maria Bruun presents two handles in her Atelier Collection; a classic bent handle and a knob both in a contrast version in natural oak with a dowel in smoked oak, as well as a tone-in-tone in smoked oak. The wooden handles sit comfortably in your hand and bring a sense of craft to a simple, straightforward kitchen, such as SHAKER. The series invites you to mix and match the handles and knobs across size, material, and areas of use.

Yukari Hotta – ceramics
The ceramicist Yukari Hotta started the creation of her handles (above) from a collection of round rocks gathered along the Danish coast, as she wanted to convey the feel of raw clay in an industrially made object. Hotta uses the kiln to bring out colors like purple, terracotta, yellow, pink and anthracite in her unglazed objects. These shades and textures are found in her handles too, available in a range of sizes that can easily be combined or mixed.

Nina Nørgaard – glass
Nina Nørgaard is at the forefront of Scandinavian glassblowers. For her Atelier Collection project, she wanted to transform her usual format into something industrially multipliable – without losing a human touch. A range of free-hand sculpted shapes have been transformed into cast objects that are functional, almost ergonomic. Her knobs introduce color as a variable, producing a result never one the same.

Alberte Tranberg – metal
The Danish artist and metal fabricator Alberte Tranberg brings character and an edge to the table. Her handles reflect going about things the ‘wrong’ way, intentionally. Typically, the round profile would continue its circuit throughout the 90 degree angle, but Tranberg let it flatten, creating ‘organic, almost boney features’. At first, the result seems strangely simple and recognizable. As you get closer, the details unfold.

Photo credit: Reform

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