Christoph Hefti

That horse, slamming doors

1+1+1
a project by Elena Quarestani
curated by Marco Sammicheli

April-June 2018

Christoph Hefti

That horse, slamming doors

1+1+1
a project by Elena Quarestani
curated by Marco Sammicheli

April-June 2018

OPENING
Sunday 8 April 2018, at 6:00 pm

9 April – 1 June
Tuesday to Friday, from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and by appointment

That horse, slamming doors, Christoph Hefti ©Giovanni Hänninen // AssabOne 2018 www.hanninen.it

THANKS TO
Pro HelvetiaManiera, Bucol

Photos by Giovanni Hänninen

Christoph Hefti, Swiss designer, will install a surreal encampment where carpets, ceramics and other objects create a place of chance encounter between the imagination of the author and the reaction of the visitors. An installation of a visual and tactile archipelago, full of suggestive sounds. The title of his installation is That horse, slamming doors.

The exhibition

“Dear Elena, (…)
I am working around this situation. So I have imagined my collection of carpets, horizontal… Yes, I will add the ceramics (…) The ceramics are not “just” objects, but lamps, but they are not just lamps, they are faces too (…)  The horse trace for me is a little something that I would like to bring in my work. I think it would be beautiful and strange. It’s a different way of interacting with the space by creating the absence of a horse.” (Bruxelles 22.2.2018)

“Dear Marco!
I was working yesterday in the total concept of the exhibition, I worked deeper into my ideas and the title “That horse slamming doors”. I’m happy with the title and it inspires me a lot. It contains a hint to “interior”, to “magic realism”, to  presence and absence of someone/something…. It gives the right feeling. So I had 2 more ideas to underline the expo. It contains sounds. 1. sounds of slamming doors. Just from time to time, here and there… 2. traces of a horse… Very delicate… The viewer notices that a horse was in the space earlier on. Together with the sounds of different slamming doors this will give interesting and magic athmosphere. It’s a combination that you can’t place, can’t make sense of it but you feel a story-telling and poetic atmosphere. I started with ceramics, in the ceramic atelier and on paper. I will send you some sketches later on when I’ll be in my studio.”
(Bruxelles 22.2.2018)

Christoph Hefti

Biography

After studying textile design in Zurich and fashion at Central Saint Martins in London, Christoph started designing for Jean-Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten in Antwerp, where he spent 13 years as a creative assistant and was responsible for the printed fabrics. On a freelance basis, Hefti designed for Lanvin and Balenciaga, and currently works on printed fabric projects for Acne Studios.

His love for crafted textiles has taken him to Nepal, where he designs and develops his own series of hand-knotted rugs. During his visits to Nepal, Christoph rediscovered the direct interaction between the designer and the craftsman and became fascinated by the use of traditional crafts in a contemporary context. Highly esteemed as a member of juries for competitions, he himself has been awarded several Swiss Design Awards, including the ‘Grand Prix Design’ for his multidisciplinary oeuvre. In collaboration with other artists, he is also active in the field of the performing arts, where he combines music, costume design, video and live art. Hefti’s works are included in the collection of the Swiss National Museum as well as in private collections in Switzerland, the Netherlands and the US.

  • That horse, slamming doors, Christoph Hefti ©Giovanni Hänninen // AssabOne 2018 www.hanninen.it
  • That horse, slamming doors, Christoph Hefti ©Giovanni Hänninen // AssabOne 2018 www.hanninen.it

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