Two friends with a knack for finding beautiful objects share their treasure.
Despite an inclination to hoard many of the design objects they source at flea markets and on travels, Sille Jørgensen and Rikke Munk Harboe are rigorous editors when it comes to Mujo Objects. Focussing on sculptural forms and tactile materials, their collection of period ceramics, glassware and household objects offers a refreshing reminder that old or overlooked objects can metamorphose when placed in new contexts.
Is there a particular period that you like to source objects from?
We don’t focus on certain periods; we look at the shapes, materials, surfaces and textures. That’s not to say that we don’t get inspiration from certain periods—at the moment, we get a lot of inspiration from ’80s and ’90s interior design. It’s quite interesting how objects from the ’80s seem to change style when placed in combination with objects from other periods or completely different materials.
Do you ever add your own design touches to the objects you find?
We never upcycle. We look for objects that we feel immediately connected to. You can say that our own touch comes in the way that we mix or put objects together, and through styling them with plants, flowers or fruits.
Do you have any advice on how to harmonize mismatched objects at home?
We don’t harmonize things in a classic way—actually we often do the opposite. We like it when things stick out. We try to consider what an object can add to an existing interior or collection. Does it add something sophisticated, some craziness or does it emphasize simplicity? Try not to make your home too static. Maybe it’s not possible to change or move around the furniture, but changing objects can give a new look and energy to your home.
How often do you find and keep objects for yourselves?
We both have a few objects that we would never sell, but we do sell many objects that we have special feelings about. It hurts a little when we sell them, but it’s better that we keep our customers happy with a special object instead of keeping it for ourselves, like hoarders. Quite often, we’ll keep things in our own homes for a while to see how they work in a new context before putting them up for sale.
What are your most prized possessions?
In general, we’re both very connected to our belongings at home. It goes for both smaller finds from flea markets and travels to bigger investments, like art or furniture. If we had to pick one particular possession, it would be a piece of art for both of us. For Rikke, it’s an acrylic painting by a Spanish artist painted in the 1970s, and for Sille it’s a lithograph from the 1950s by the Danish artist Jørn Larsen.
Mujo Objects exhibited at The Kinfolk Gallery in June 2018.
Words:John Clifford Burns
Photography:Christian Møller Andersen