Mardahl filled an entire Copenhagen apartment with her colourful glass objects, creating installations that include a playful bar and a grand dressing table.
The exhibition showcases new additions to the designer’s glassware range, called the Candy Collection, including hand-blown pendant lamps, characterful wine glasses and Mardahl’s take on “the perfect bowl”.
The aim was to create an exhibition that appeals to all of the senses.
“We’ve transformed this old, amazing apartment into a world of imagination, mystique and humour,” Mardahl said.
“Inspired by the amazing Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, I implemented colours from our newest addition to the Candy Collection, such as grapefruit, blue jelly, champagne and spearmint. Absolutely yummy!”
Mardahl first launched her Copenhagen-based studio in 2017, after “falling in love” with glass. Her pieces typically have a candy-like aesthetic, with rich colours and round shapes.
The designs are all hand-made by artisans mostly based in Denmark.
“The process of creating the glass is magical,” said Mardahl.
“It’s hot, it’s sweaty, it’s absolutely perfect. It is truly a love story between the glass and the artisan.”
When you arrive at The Sensory Society, the first room you encounter is a lobby where almost every surface is red, creating a bold backdrop to glass pendants hanging down from the ceiling.
In the bar area, glass tableware objects – including the popular Bon Bon cake stand – are displayed at different heights, while wine glasses are hung around a cylindrical column.
A grand dressing table is finished in pale shades of lilac, pink and blue. It incorporates tiered shelving, supporting hundreds of glass vessels.
There is also a turquoise-coloured room where the new wine glasses take centre stage.
Small details throughout the apartment are also made from glass, including drawer handles and orbs fixed to the sides of the chairs.
“It’s a candy world of flavours and colours, a universe that simulates your senses and feelings,” added Mardahl.
The Sensory Society is on show from 7 to 10 June 2023 as part of 3 Days of Design. Follow live coverage on Dezeen live: 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen, or see Dezeen Events Guide for information about the event, plus a list of other architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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