As a trained ceramicist, Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt is driven by the unique form capacities of clay. By the process of controlling it and letting go. Transforming an idea and leaving the rest up to the kiln. One-off ceramics that carry a story, an insight into a material and a unique aesthetic. Vibeke’s expression has always been minimalist but sculptural. Harmonious, but with that little shift that intrigues the eye and plays with our expectations. As when she categorically develops a system only to break it down again as a means of setting a new design agenda. ‘For me, it is crucial that objects have a strong form. That they are graphic, simple and clear. Modernism is my main reference, and the focus on colour schemes is a key part of my DNA.’
In 2008, Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt began to work in wood. The process of transforming her ceramic archetypes into a new material took her on a journey that led her into upcycling existing materials and into art. Geometry and construction are Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt’s fundamental form elements. Because geometric typologies and construction principles form a boundless source of inspiration. In recent years, Fonnesberg Schmidt has taken on a new material: Plexiglas, which combines tactile qualities with colour, transparency and a genuine exploration of geometric principles, which Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt translates into one-off lighting objects sold from established galleries in Milan.