my urban living room in copenhagen by smart and BoConcept
 
my urban living room in copenhagen by smart and BoConcept my urban living room in copenhagen by smart and BoConcept
sep 06, 2013

my urban living room in copenhagen by smart and BoConcept


my urban living room: helle mardahl for smart and BoConcept

photo © alastair philip wiper

 

 

 

smart and BoConcept collaborate on a project that invites four artists (or teams of creatives) to envision a lively living space in the public realm. first making its debut in munich (see designboom’s coverage here), it has now travelled to denmark’s capital in its four part european city program. ‘my urban living room’ in copenhagen has been realized by danish designer helle mardahl, who has created an installation in front of the city’s court house. at the heart of the multi-facted work is the smart fortwo edition BoConcept vehicle, which stands as a collector trolly containing an immense amount of items, such as a skeleton piece from mardahl’s ‘ego queen’, pouring out of its windows. the compact car seems to be teeming with items, and you can open and shut its doors once you feel ready to be immersed in the safe chaos of the ‘indoors’. elements of the danish artist’s soft sculptural works such as strings of large ‘plush’ beads, and a large cloud of colorful balloons surround the car, extending the installation outwards into the larger expanse of the public space, offering more elements for which the citizens of copenhagen can engage with in the open living room.


helle mardahl’s open living room concept in front of copenhagen’s courthouse
photo © alastair philip wiper

 

 

 

mardahl was given the car, a sofa, a table and a chair, the latter of which she has adapted with obscurely shaped plush elements resulting in something that looks more alien than functional, but is actually a useful piece of art in which the graphic imagery has been painted and drawn onto its surface by the artist herself.

 

‘my urban living room’ in copenhagen is not only a three-dimensional, interactive experience, but is accompanied by a series of images, which document the colorful, visual cacophony of its parts. mardahl’s partner, photographer alastair philip wiper has captured the installation with a sense of ‘lonely romance’. read a full interview with helle mardahl on her concept behind her urban living room here.

 

stay tuned for coverage of ‘my urban living room’ project’s final two stops in paris and barcelona!


the sculptural work sees colorful balloons explode out of the smart fortwo edition BoConcept car
photo © alastair philip wiper


detail of the various elements which create the chaotic living space
photo © alastair philip wiper


photo © alastair philip wiper


part of the materials provided to the artist was a BoConcept sofa
photo © alastair philip wiper


she was also given a chair with which she had free range to develop into her own personal piece of ‘art’
photo © alastair philip wiper


helle mardahl with her urban living room concept
photo © alastair philip wiper


decorating the public space
photo © alastair philip wiper


waiting to unpack!
photo © alastair philip wiper


building up
photo © alastair philip wiper


the public was invited to engage with the open living room
photo © alastair philip wiper


the ‘my urban living room’ smart & BoConcept community models in copenhagen
photo © alastair philip wiper

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    design news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    489,383 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample