German-Latvian duo wins Danish design prize

viewpointViewpoint mirror: Reality or reflection?

It was the young design duo Chudy & Grase – aka Nils Chudy from Germany and Jasmina Grase from Latvia – won the title when the 2014 edition of the Danish design prize Time to Design was awarded in late August.

Chudy & Grease, who have both studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, received the award for their project Viewpoint, which is a mirror mounted on a light panel. When you slide the round mirror in the display window, you can choose whether you want to see yourself or your own reflection, which disappears into the white light. The idea is based on the fact that people suffering from depression see the world more realistically than healthy people. “This means that most of us do not see the world as it really is – and why should we? It’s much more fun to play with the boundary between what we can and what we cannot see. Inspired by this phenomenon, we researched different aspects that allow us to play tricks on our perception., and naturally we came up with a mirror,” Chudy & Grase say.

The prize includes a three-month residency at the Danish Art Workshops, 50,000 DKK for pur-chasing of materials donated by the Danish Wood and Furniture Industry, a 14 days exhi-bition period at the Normann Copenhagen Flagship Store, an exhibition at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015, and career guidance from Danish Design Organization Design Denmark.


chudy_graseNils Chudy and Jasmina Grase receive the Time to Design diploma from Permanent Secretary Marie Hansen, Ministry of Culture.