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EARTH MATTERS – When Natural & Creative Forces Meet


Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano.


For too long we have ruthlessly consumed our Earth’s assets and drained it of its resources. Forests become furniture, oceans are polluted and minerals are over-mined. For future generations it is crucial to consider a new reflection: a transformation from over-consumption towards sustainable development that is in harmony with nature, with increased respect for our environment and for each other.

Exhibiting contemporary design and its processes for the first time, Artipelag has invited curators Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano to create a thought-provoking show that directly connects with this subject matter and museum’s meteorological site in Stockholm’s idyllic archipelago. As Edelkoort explains, ”This young century has brought about a moment of reflection and radical change, making up for a century of ecological abuse, consumption, greed and violence. For the first time, a post-fossil society is emerging, using natural ingredients, offering alternatives and giving us hope for the future.”

Areas such as design, art, photography, food and fashion are increasingly driven by a new creative energy that is inspired by natural materials and sustainability. From land to sea, from forest to mountain, a wealth of ideas sprout from the Earth, analyzing and cataloguing its components: transformed into new materials, recycled remnants, oxidized alloys and vegetal colors.

The exhibition EARTH MATTERS alerts us to consider how we over-consume Earth’s resources, but also celebrates the beauty of our planet.


Lidewij (Li) Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters; she is also a curator, trend analyst, curator, publisher and educator. Examining the connection between art, design, fashion and consumer culture, she is a pioneer of the trend forecasting profession and offers lifestyle analyses for the world´s leading brands. Along with co-curator Philip Fimmano, Edelkoort Exhibitions creates dynamic design- exhibitions for international museums and institutions.


Nan Groot Antink
Atelier NL
Marjan van Aubel
Sam Baron for Fabrica
Fernando & Humberto Campana
Nacho Carbonell
Piet Hein Eek
India Flint
Karin Auran Frankenstein
Massoud Hassani
Nienke Hoogvliet
Marlene Huissoud
Claudy Jongstra
Markus Kayser
Kolk & Kusters
Dirk vander Kooij
Max Lamb
Jurgen Lehl
Tomáš Libertíny
Julia Lohmann
Anke Louwers
Christien Meindertsma
Sanne Muiser
Jackie Nickerson
Lex Pott
Ryohei Kawanishi
Van Eetvelde Sautour
Lucie Libotte
Thomas Straub
Juergen Teller
Thomas Vailly & Laura Lynn Jansen
Jan Eric Visser
Vivienne Westwood
Jolan van der Wiel
Debbie Wijskamp
Oskar Zieta

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