Shotiko Aptsiauri / Giorgi Vardiashvili
Furniture design has its traditions in Georgia, however, design here rarely extends beyond traditional patterns and connects to contemporary trends. There are no special programs for designers, which would enable them to get acquainted with new directions of contemporary furniture design.
Nectar Gallery has initiated wood processing and design workshop of Finnish designers Rudy Merz and Peter Schmid and as a result of an open call it brought together a group of visual artists, architects and designers of various experiences and generations. The first round of the study program took place in October 2015. It focused on selection and processing of wood material. At the same time participants and leaders of the course agreed on the topics of the program and developed the concept of the final exhibition. Since the wood needed to dry it was decided to schedule the second part of the program for May and June 2016. During the second phase each of participants produced sketches of chair design. Later Rudy Merz and Peter Schmid worked on the refinement of the suggested ideas. Thanks to simple equipment that was acquired for the project the “Nectar Gallery” turned into an improvised woodwork atelier where participants produced ten prototypes during a period of five weeks.
Rudy Merz is a Swiss-born designer who lives and works in Finland. He collaborated for many years with Yrjö Kukkapuro, who together with Alvar Aalto and Ilmari Tapiovaara introduced innovative movement in the Finnish design.
Peter Schmid is a Finnish designer of Swiss origin as well. He is responsible for inclusion of the woodwork study program into the Finnish higher education institutions in 1980s. At the moment he lives and works in Germany.
Project is realized in the frames of the Regional Art and Culture Project in the South Caucasus, which is managed by the Culture and Management Lab with financial support of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO).
Project is also supported by: Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Center of Contemporary Art – Tbilisi (CCA), Ministry of culture and monument protection of GeorgiaPDF