Uglycute, Folding Table,Chair for Masonit AB, 2005; and Table lamp, 1999.




It may seem unorthodox and even premature to stage a retrospective of a career that has only lasted for 13 years, but then Uglycute, the Swedish art and design collective, is neither conventional nor concerned with timeliness. Furthermore, the four members of Uglycute—Markus Degerman, Andreas Nobel, Jonas Nobel, and Fredrik Stenberg—have created such a vast number of furniture pieces, exhibition designs, and environments that their retrospective was both rich and rewarding. Uglycute gained international recognition in 2003 when participating in Hans Ulrich Obrist’s “Utopia Station” at the Venice Biennale. Since then, the group has worked on projects in various parts of the world, persistently exploring the controversial relations among art, theory, architecture, and design. The guiding principles behind its work are affordability, anti-aesthetics, and DIY. …see the entire review in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.