Unintended Beauty by Alastair Philip Wiper

Kvadrat is proud to present Unintended Beauty, an exploration of the accidental aesthetics of industry and science by British photographer Alastair Philip Wiper. Alastair’s signature is defined by a unique understanding of lines and symmetry, colour and contrast, often combined with dark humour. 

The exhibition examines contemporary manufacturing sites, from those that are linked to material production, including some of Kvadrat's textile mills, to particle beams that collide at the heart of the ATLAS detector at CERN - or even to food at the slaughterhouses of the Danish Crown company.


Photo by Alastair Philip Wiper.
We warmly thank The Danish Arts Foundation for their support.

The images offer a rare insight into workplaces that are usually kept behind closed doors, and reveal the hidden beauty and the incredible complexity of these infrastructures. Machines that smash atoms together, make fabrics or stuff sausages, all result from human collaborative imagination and tell us about who we are: our needs, desires, madness and our vision of the future.

The sustainability of this future depends on our ability to create and innovate. The exponential creativity associated with cutting-edge technology strongly contributes to our well-being and at the same time represents a threat to life on earth. These aesthetically fascinating photographs give insight into the heart of the design process, and question our production methods and the scale of that production.

Staged in our Copenhagen showroom’s gallery space, the exhibition is open to visitors from the 25th of November until the 31st of January. 

Kvadrat Showroom

Klubiensvej 22, Pakhus 48
2150 Nordhavn

Monday – Friday, 9am – 16pm