The Kinship Method
The experimental design project "The Kinship Method" took place at the Rian Design Museum in Sweden in 2018 and 2019. Through experiments, design therapy, and alternative methods, it explored how a practice-based project can grow knowledge and contribute to changing the role of "the designer." It questions ideas of how design should be done and why a “fun revolution” is something to focus on.
Five designers were challenged to break patterns in order to find new styles and methods. Each was tasked to individually design a chair, only to be infiltrated by each other’s forms in subsequent stages.
A writer, a graphic designer, and a photographer were invited to further communicate, document, and implement the project, on the condition that they were free to do whatever they wanted within its framework, on the condition that they also challenge themselves.
With work by Margot Barolo, Erik Björk, Mia Cullin, Andreas Nobel, and Fredrik Paulsen.
Text by Salka Hallström Bornold and photography by Karin Björkquist
Designed by Samira Boubana
Published by Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing
Softcover, 110 pages, full color, 7.6 × 10 inches