DWR West Hollywood recently partnered with the Danish Arts Foundation to welcome innovative Danish fashion designer Nicholas Nybro to the Studio. A specialist in conceptual clothing and costumes, Nybro paired his collections with classic midcentury Danish furniture, resulting in an engaging exhibition (and some fabulously modern mannequins).
One window (above) featured three gowns from Nybro’s “SQ1” collection, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, The Snow Queen. For this vignette, Nybro chose Oculus and Wing chairs designed by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. He left the frames without upholstery to celebrate how much work goes into making them. “To me craftsmanship is essential in what I do,” he says. “I love to challenge the craft and myself every time I begin working on a new collection.”
The next vignette featured two colorful outfits inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s character Gerda, who discovers an enchanted flower garden while looking for her friend Kay. “During my design process, I like to think of my clothes as sculptures,” says Nybro. “I work with volume that can transform the body into a new sculptural shape.” For these two lucky ladies, he paired them with the Chieftains Chair by Finn Juhl and the TK8 Daybed by Bo Kastholm.
The two orange outfits are from Nybro’s “The Tournament” collection, inspired by the flamingos-used-as-croquet-mallets in Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. “If you look closely, you’ll notice that the pattern in the fabric is flamingo heads,” says Nybro, who also designed the fabric. He paired these sets with a cowhide rug and Shell Chair “simply because they look amazing together.”
The last vignette, titled “Everyday Life,” featured digitally printed fabrics also inspired by the croquet tournament. Nybro paired these outfits with four of the most common Danish dining chairs. “I wish we dared to dress in a manner that makes us stand out more,” explains Nybro. “Thus letting theses outfits become as everyday as the four black chairs.”
Thank you, Nicholas for a wonderful event. We hope to do it again soon.