Sisu by Nanna Ditzel and Danh Vo
This fall, Kvadrat explores the intersection of timeless Danish design, contemporary culture, and storytelling with the launch of the vibrant upholstery textile Sisu. Originally designed by the visionary designer Nanna Ditzel in the 1960s, the textile is curated with a contemporary eye by the artist Danh Vo who discovered it in the Kvadrat archives and chose it for ‘Take My Breath Away’, an exhibition at Denmark’s National Gallery (SMK).
The path to the unveiling of Sisu begins with Danh Vo’s curiosity about how textiles shape the experience of furniture. This led the artist to an admiration of Nanna Ditzel’s iconic design Hallingdal and the desire to explore her celebrated body of work. As Danh Vo set about searching for a characterful textile for his exhibition and learning more about the groundbreaking designer, he searched through Kvadrat’s archives and found Sisu – which forms a bridge to Hallingdal.