Danish Crafts Collection: Carlo Volf
Volf graduated from the Institute of Industrial Design at Danmarks Designskole in 1997. His works are inspired by Scandinavian materials like ash- and birchwood. He often seeks to confer new properties upon familiar materials. His latest piece, Veneer Carpet, features wood veneer so thin and fine that it begins to behave like textile and can be worked as such. This suddenly allows us to view the veneer in a new manner, opening our eyes to the many possible uses of wood. Volf has worked with carpets before. One piece from his exhibition ‘Planken ud’ – Walking the Plank – at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art in Copenhagen showed the sofa The Magic Carpet – resembling a partially rolled-up carpet. Today Volf’s work is represented in a number of places, including the Danish Ministry for Ecclesiastical Affairs and at the Danish Embassy in Nairobi. Volf has received several awards for his work, including first prize at an international lighting competition arranged by Koizumi in Tokyo, Japan, in 1996; the annual design award offered by the Danish magazine Bo Bedre in 2002; and first prize in a competition arranged by the Danish Association of Woodworking Industries in 2005.