Photo: Piotr Topperzer

Bess Kristoffersen
Rejnstrupvej 5A
4250 Fuglebjerg
+45 28 38 05 85

With a background as both designer of textiles and precious metals I work with designing surfaces for several different purposes. Through the past years I have co-operated with a number of industrial firms. Most often I produce my design presentation by hand, directly onto the material to show its potential. Many years of experience as a craftsman has given me detailed knowledge of the materials I work with. Through this, I challenge the firms I co-operate with to use their production machinery in new ways to make new products or new surfaces for existing ones. My designs are simple and contemporary. I aim for aesthetics that appeal to both sexes. In this process, I try to collaborate with the properties of the material including its texture and its tactility.


1994: Graduated from Institute of Precious Metals
1984: Graduated as textile designer from The Danish Design School

Kvadrat, Ebeltoft
Georg Jensen Damask, Kolding
Bang & Olufsen, Struer
Forms+Surfaces, Santa Barbara, CA
Blå Form, Copenhagen
Petitgas, Copenhagen
Pressalit, Ry
Velux Foundation, Copenhagen
Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen
Danish Film Institute, Copenhagen

Represented at:

The Danish Arts Foundation

Honorary Office:
2017-2018: Member of Designmuseum Danmark’s Representative Office
2016-2018: Member of the board in The Association of Friends of Designmuseum Danmark
2012-2018: Member of the Procurement Committee of Kunstforeningen af 14. August
2008-2011: Member of the Committee for Crafts and Design of The Danish Arts Foundation
1999-2003: Member of the board at the Danish Design School
1997-2002: Chairman of the board for the Danish Arts and Crafts Association
1996-1997: Member of the board for the Danish Arts and Crafts Association

2019: Biennaleprisen, Biennalen for Kunsthåndværk og Design 2019

2021: Production support, The Danish Arts Foundation
2009: L. F. Fogth Foundation
2007: The Danish National Bank Jubilee Foundation
2007: Danish Crafts
2007: The Danish Arts Foundation
2006: The Danish Arts Foundation
2002: Danish Crafts
2002: The Danish National Bank Jubilee Foundation
2002: The Danish Arts Foundation
1997: The Danish National Bank Jubilee Foundation
1995: The Danish National Bank Jubilee Foundation
1989: The Danish Arts Foundation
1988: Frk. Suhrs Grant

Solo exhibitions:
2018: “Skovens lys og skygge”, Dyrehavehuset
2017: “Løvspring”, Dyrehavehuset
2013: “Skovalbum”, Officinet, Copenhagen
2006: “Showroom 2”, Officinet, Copenhagen
2002: “Showroom 1”, Officinet, Copenhagen
2001: “Metaller”, Samsø Kunstforening, Island of Samsoe
1998: “13 Al”, Stensalen, Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen

Group exhibitions, selected:
2023: “HEJ PLANTER!”, Løvspringsfejring, Dyrehavehuset, Fuglebjerg
2022: “HEJ SKOV!”, Løvspringsfejring, Dyrehavehuset, Fuglebjerg
2021: “Kranseudstilling”, Midsommerfejring, Dyrehavehuset, Fuglebjerg
2020: “Kranseudstilling”, Midsommerfejring, Dyrehavehuset, Fuglebjerg
2019: “Daisy, Daisy, Daisy”, Smykkernes By, The Most Secret Gallery, Copenhagen
2019: “Revl og Krat”, Dyrehavehuset, Fuglebjerg
2019: “Revl og Krat”, Biennalen for Kunsthåndværk og Design, Copenhagen
2019: “Stil o Tex”, Udstillingssted for Tekstil, Copehagen
2018: “Efterfest”, Rundetårn, Copenhagen
2018: “Natur og mønstre”, Køng Museum, Køng
2014: “Makers of Today”, Kunsthal Nord, Aalborg
2014: “miniTEX14”, Nikolaj, Kolding and Rundetårn, København
2013: “Darlings på Spil”, Kunstetagerne, Hobro
2007: 100%design, Tokyo
2007: Biennalen for Kunsthåndværk og Design, Trapholt, Kolding
2003: “Smykkeskrin”, The Art Museum at Fuenen, Odense
2002-03: Aluminiumform, Sweden
2002: Galleri Pagter, Kolding
2002: 20 years anniversary show, Blå Form, Copenhagen
2001: “Objects for Dreams”, Galleri Aurum, Copenhagen
1997: “Brudebillede”, Galleri EX, Copenhagen
1996: “Smykker, Korpus 1996”, Håndværkerforeningen
1996: “Unika 96”, Kunstindustrimuseet
1995: “Den Danske Broche”, Marienlyst Slot, Elsinore
1994: “Ring og Æske II”, Galerie Metal, Copenhagen
1994: “Dagligdagens Rum og Ritualer”, Den Frie, Copenhagen
1993: “Kosmos-Kosmetika”, Form/Design Center, Malmø
1990: “Design, Håndværk eller Industri”, Den Frie, Copenhagen
1990: “Guld”, Galerie Metal, Copenhagen
1988: “1444 dage senere”, Overgaden, Copenhagen
1988: Charlottenborgs Spring exhibition, Copenhagen
1987: Charlottenborgs Spring exhibition, Copenhagen
1986: “Tegn på Mønstre”, Kongo, Copenhagen
1985: “Tegn og Symboler”, Kvadrat, Ebeltoft
1985: Charlottenborgs Spring exhibition, Copenhagen
1984: “Kun Stoffer”, Nikolaj, Copenhagen

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