For the 2013 Gwangju Design Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea, the curators invited Industry and its designers to curate a special exhibition on contemporary design that explored the boundaries of “art” and “furniture.” With works by gallery designers Mathias Bengtsson, Tom Price, Remy & Veenhuizen, Jens Preat, Benjamin Rollins Caldwell and Elena Manferdini on exhibit, the Biennale once again fomented its reputation as one of the premier design biennales in the world and attracted international attention for its diverse exhibits. In collaboration with noted curator and art advisor Christina Kang, Industry exhibited a carefully chosen selection of work that appropriated the form of traditional furniture while pointing to the future of design—reinventing everything from “wallpaper” to “carpets” and “side chairs” as typologies no longer bound by outdated theme and materials.
Industry’s artists took the spotlight during the Biennale, visiting with local luminaries and press and holding a round-table discussion at the Samsung Art & Design Institute with local designers. The internet took note of Elena Manferdini’s larger-than-life wall installation(http://www.sciarc.edu/news_archive.php?id=2262)
and Mathias Bengtsson’s visit with the Embassy of Denmark in Seoul (http://sydkorea.um.dk/en/about-us/temp-news-list/newsdisplaypage/?newsID=6E1085D9-DA3C-4713-AF5A-216B5254AAC7). For more about the 2013 Biennale and Industry’s participation, click here: http://eng.theartro.kr/issue/issue.asp?idx=35