"Things we hand down" exhibition at Detroit gallery, Stockholm

An exhibition presenting Things we hand down by the Croatian design collective Oaza and Natural Selection by designers Irma Földényi and Pomme van Hoof. Both projects explore the passing on of artifacts and intangible attributes to a new generation. 

VENUE Detroit, Stockholm, Roslagsgatan 21 
December 5: 15 – 19 
December 6: 15 – 19 (Artist Talk at 16:00)

Light Wear is part of the Handed Down - collection by Croatian design collective Oaza. This collection investigates different aspects of Croatian’s cultural heritage within craft, and brings new values and functions to artifacts strongly rooted in tradition. With Light Wear Oaza brings an almost forgotten story of woman’s national costumes back to life. The bottom part of the costume from Bizovac (Croatia) embeds specific traditional handwork techniques, such as embroidery, needle lace and pleating. As a lampshade, it preserves the shape, typological layering and decorative details. In 2013 Light Wear was transferred from the realm of handmade to the industrial realm by using the laser-cutting machine. New technology brings modern perspective to traditional handmade work, and enables a model for the preservation of certain motives from the tradition.

Natural Selection”is an installation by designers Irma Földényi and Pomme van Hoof, in which they welcome you to partake in the process of selection making, applied to the idea of the self and that of the city of Stockholm. Their method uses images of artifacts as starting points for a discussion on what you would like to preserve for the new generation, what you think needs transformation, and what you would rather get rid off. As we know, generational change occurs over years or decades, therefore this installation reduces time, and models the process of selection and handing down of heritage from one generation to the other within a timespan of this exhibition, 8 hours. 


Irma Földényi (1983, HU) is a designer and researcher working on the intersection of design, technology and social-cultural phenomena. She is fascinated by these developments and how they work on the level of an individual person. Before she graduated cum laude in 2012 from the Design Academy Eindhoven with a masters in Social Design, she studied Industrial Design at the Moholy-Nagy University of Arts and Design (MOME) and was trained as a goldsmith in Budapest. Irma has won a number of awards and grants, most notably the 2010 Hungarian Design Award and the 2014 talent development grant of the creative industries fund NL. She is a guest teacher and strategic advisor at MOME and works often in collaboration with other designers and researchers from her studio in Rotterdam. 

Pomme van Hoof (1986, NL) runs her design studio in Stockholm, where she combines her interests in working with Experience Design, research and curation. She facilitates experiences and interactions that make people reconsider and reimagine themselves and the world around them. Rather than a focus on designing physical things, she designs moments and settings which people can be a part of, that function as a catalyst for conversation and open up to share different viewpoints and visions. Pomme graduated with honors from The Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Experience Design from Konstfack University in Stockholm. She is course director at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship, running a course in Trend Spotting and Future Thinking taking place at Konstfack University. 

Supported by Zagreb City Council and Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (Hrvatska kuća / Croatia House) and Detroit Stockholm.