Once a discotheque for the young blood of Vejle, the 500 sqm space at the heart of Midpunktet is home to start up Makers with a passion for various crafts that each have their story to tell. “Fabrikanterne is an interactive creative community that involves the buyers into the creation process” shares founder, Marit de Julienhort Rosenkilde.
At the core of this concept is the dialogue between the “Maker” and the “Taker”. This vision comes to life in a space that combines the storefront that mostly sells hand-crafted artisan products with the place of creation only a few steps further back. In this kind of set up, the products and the stories behind their creation become a platform for an interactive design journey. The shoppers are invited backstage and given a preview into the behind-the-scenes of the product development. No VIP pass or appointment needed. The artists, designers and makers, on the other hand, get a chance to share their stories and maybe hear some valuable feedback that nudge them towards more inspirations and possibilities.
Having opened its doors last September 2015, Fabrikanterne is not only a space but a vision that takes collaboration among designers, artists and passionate makers seriously. “We refer to each other as kokullegas which is a fusion of the words kokurrence and kollega. We openly brainstorm about new materials and ideas because we understand that we all need a sounding board from time to time, it’s through interaction that ideas become better. As they say, two brains are always better than one ” explains Marit. The traditional closed-door creation process or “me-against-the-world” mindset seems so passé when compared to the progressive and open philosophy at the Fabrikanterne.
The happy mix of artisan products, open door policy, collaborative spirit and the distinct anti-mainstream ambiance truly makes the community at Fabrikanterne home to the New Shit.
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