The collected work by the ground-breaking Swedish design group Uglycute. Founded in 1999, the group began as a reaction against the Swedish design climate at the time. They use craft and design to discuss taste, quality, class, gender and politics.
Uglycute is Markus Degerman (artist), Andreas Nobel (interior designer), Jonas Nobel (artist) and Fredrik Stenberg (architect).
According to Uglycute, their practice takes place between art, design and architecture. The goal is to expand the notion of design by cross-fertilizing it with the members’ different professions and by analyzing the effects of design on society not only through their own practice, but also through writing, teaching, and organizing workshops. In Uglycute’s quest for new approaches to material, beauty, economy and collaboration, they developed their characteristic uglycute “look” whereby furniture, objects and interiors are created out of chipboard, styrofoam and clay.
Uglycute’s movement between art, architecture and design has brought into immediate focus the common interests as well as crucial differences of these disciplines. Even if the goal has been a renewal of design, much of the work and discussions have taken place in the art world