Welcome home: Pettersen & Hein’s sculptures take up residence at Etage Projects

Steel and iron pieces.
Pettersen Hein open 'Home,' an exhibition of the new sculptures at Etage gallery in Copenhagen.
(Image credit: David Stjernholm)

What does 'home' mean to you? A space you design for yourself? One filled with furniture that makes you feel comfortable? These are questions proposed at Pettersen & Hein’s latest exhibition of new works.

Known for their less-than-functional pieces, Danish duo Lea Hein and Magnus Pettersen create sculptural forms that marry those two symbiotic bedfellows: art and design. Their latest models are no different; taking up residence at contemporary gallery Etage Projects in Copenhagen, the organic concrete, steel and iron pieces create a ‘home’ (as the show’s title suggests) that plays with notions of what we call furniture.

View of home.

(Image credit: David Stjernholm)

Installation view of ’Home’ by Pettersen & Hein at Etage Projects

‘We shape our furniture, and afterwards the furniture shapes us,’ says the duo. It is with this aesthetic that they began their project. Using concrete as a starting material, they laid down a flooring of multicoloured tiles, covering this in an array of abstract forms (or what could be described as a lounger, chair, mirrors and lights).

While their functional purposes are not significant, the way the pieces sit in harmony is undeniable. The rough-cut concrete vases and conceptual side tables are striking on the gridded floors, while the mirrored effect of the polished steel chairs make you notice everything twice. ‘The floor becomes alive and the surrounding furniture becomes like people in your "home",’ the duo explains of the reflectivity of the pieces.

Lounge and light.

(Image credit: David Stjernholm)

’Home’ lounge and light

There is also a pleasant recurrence of shapes in the show. The meandering chairs and lights, the designers note, are all comparable to human bodies, swarming the area, leaning up against the wall and facing one another. We notice the anthropoid quality again in the slight facial features given to the wall sconce and side table, almost winking and welcoming us ‘home’.

‘In a home (maybe our "Home") there's a good mix of chaos and control,’  Pettersen and Hein explain. ‘This is one of the feelings we also wanted to enhance here.’ It's is a juxtaposition we're happy to enjoy.

Side table and steel material piece.

Left, ’Home’ side table. Right, all of the pieces are produced in steel, concrete or iron.

(Image credit: David Stjernholm)

Concrete structure of wall light and vase.

’Home’ wall light, ’Home’ vase in concrete.

(Image credit: David Stjernholm)

Chair made from steel.

The reflective quality of the ’Home’ chair accentuates the grided concrete

(Image credit: David Stjernholm)


’Home’ is on view until 1 April. For more information, visit the Etage Projects website


Etage Projects
Borgergade 15E
DK-1300 Copenhagen


Sujata Burman is a writer and editor based in London, specialising in design and culture. She was Digital Design Editor at Wallpaper* before moving to her current role of Head of Content at London Design Festival and London Design Biennale where she is expanding the content offering of the showcases. Over the past decade, Sujata has written for global design and culture publications, and has been a speaker, moderator and judge for institutions and brands including RIBA, D&AD, Design Museum and Design Miami/. In 2019, she co-authored her first book, An Opinionated Guide to London Architecture, published by Hoxton Mini Press, which was driven by her aim to make the fields of design and architecture accessible to wider audiences.