TotemCollective in FFW MAG! – Brazil

July 13th, 2010

We where interviewed for the #19 edition of the Brazilian fashion magazine, FFW Mag!

Find us on pages 291 – 292.


July 13th, 2010

We spent the winter 2010 at The Grand Bahama Island researching for our latest project, Mall of the Caribbean.

The mall is designed with the intention to involve the local community from the area. The architecture is developed from analysis and observations of the island and its culture. There is app. 100.000 sq. ft. of shopping area, 47.000 sq. ft. of supermarket and 22.000 sq. ft. of food court.

Mall of the Caribbean consists of six joint buildings, each with a color that symbolizes the inspiring use of colors throughout the island.  The six buildings are a symbol of the Caribbean Islands and the corridors between them symbolizes the bridges of culture that lies between the islands. The courtyard is the treasure of the Caribbean that is social, light and positive living.

Overview of the buildings

The six buildings on the site enclose a park. Each building opens up towards the exterior in each end so the visitor is able to connect with the outside area with its people and nature. The buildings have open areas for exhibitions for schools, shops, paintings, Port Authority, boat shows, beauty shows, markets etc.

The outside temperature normally reaches up to high levels during summer in Bahamas. Spaces of shadow is therefore of great importance to the mall.

Light Study Movie

Industrial Design

July 13th, 2010


The Norwegian first aid company, Snøgg, asked us to design their dispenser for bandage. This design is now under construction and we are looking forward to see it on the market.

Interactive Light Design at Co2penhagen

October 5th, 2009

Forest of Light

TotemCollective created an interactive lighting installation for CO2PENHAGEN in collaboration with Yoke Interaction Design. The lighting was all LED and functioned as a space where light and interactions meet. Through the installation, you could experience how technology and LED lights can be merged to create amazing visual effects.
The interactive light in the forest area was lit up by the help of the visitors. A camera in a specific zone tracked the visitor’s movement. This movement determined the lighting in the forest.
The DTU building stood out with colored Versa tubes in the windows.

Columbia College Chicago

August 31st, 2009

TotemCollective was at Columbia College Chicago from the 10th to 18th October 2009 that entire week conducting workshops and lectures in addition to discussions of design and copyright.

The two worlds of design and copyright have quite many surfaces of contact and rises some interesting questions regarding the world of ideas and their rightful owner, if such a one exists.

- Can you own an idea?

- Where lays the difference between inspiration and copying?

- Which position do we take as designers in a world where everything is being copied?

- How do we survive as designers in a copy-world?

- Are we basically pro or against copy?

- In which way can we make use of copies in our world?

- Can we create designs that people are able to copy without being criminalized?

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Workshop: Interactive Façades – Light as material

August 31st, 2009

We participated in a workshop held by Digital Urban Living, CAVI and Martin Professional on media facades at Danish Design Center (DDC) in Copenhagen. The aim of the workshop was to develop visual and interactive experiments to explore the potentials of large media screens in public space. The experiments were conducted on six large screens – making a total of 24 square meters – installed in the windows at DDC in the center of Copenhagen.

TotemCollective created an installation using the human body as a curser to navigate in Google earth. A camera located on the roof of DDC was tracking people’s movements within a marked zone.

Collaboration with architect Mikkel Kjærgård Christiansen.


April 3rd, 2009

TotemCollective have been working as consultative designers for the City of Copenhagen in optimizing the workflow at the Citizen Service Centers.

The Totem Design System was centered on dialogs with the employees and the citizens. Through observations, workshops and interviews we adjusted the workspace and created a new flow in the interior.

Flying east

November 28th, 2008

Teaching at The University of Tennessee

November 28th, 2008

Exhibition at The Art Gallery of Knoxville

September 2nd, 2008

In 2008, The artist group, Superflex, invited us to do a new set of furniture for “COPYSHOP” – a project that was hosted by The Art Gallery of Knoxville, Tennessee.

We launched The Original C Plus System which is an open and modular shelving and seating system, at the COPYSHOP from September 12th - October 31st 2008The ramification in the system symbolizes a modern world of collaboration and open culture going through the path from original to copy. The thought behind the design is to demonstrate the development of ideas and the variation of people involved in the process from original idea to the carrying out of the actual design.
Download the public manual of how to create The Original C Plus System.
The Original C Plus System exhibition was supported by Jørgen Christensen Snedkeri and Kvadrat

See-mi technology

April 16th, 2008

Warning display at dangerous junctions

We have designed a warning display to prevent right-turn accidents involving bicycles and lorries.

The See-mi technology facilitates communication between lorries, bicycles and traffic lights at dangerous junctions. By means of this communication, the driver of a right-turning lorry is made aware of the risk of cyclists on his right side. This gives the driver an additional chance of avoiding dangerous situations.

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Interactive Concrete

April 16th, 2008

Interactive Concrete

This is a new way to use prefab construction in architecture.

Light and images can travel through the concrete by integrating fiber optics. This opens up a whole new world within architecture.

Designed in collaboration with Innovation Lab

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April 16th, 2008


Copylight is a lamp, which challenges problematics concerning intellectual property rights by the exposure of motifs from commonly known lamps.
Copylight’s take off starts from Superflex’ project, “Biogas PH5 lamp”, which is a copy of Poul Henningsens PH5 lamp from 1958.
Copylight seeks the boundaries between originals and when copies become new originals.

Outdoor exhibition element in Asker // Norway

April 16th, 2008

Installation for a photo exhibition

The big challenge of this project was to reveal only one picture at a time out of a series of four pictures in each element. We decided to create a box in which a strip of pictures rotated in a sequence that showed a new picture every five minutes. The boxes enlightened the garden and created a poetic ambience.

Lecture about urban computing

April 16th, 2008

Scenarios for The Alexandra Institute

We were asked to give a lecture about the future of urban life seen from a digital perspective at the Computer Science Department, University of Aarhus.

Installation at Filmby Aarhus

April 15th, 2008

Cultural Conference

Participants from Aarhus and Copenhagen researched the potential of increasing the collaboration between the two cities. Politicians, officials and other prominent people from cultural communities were set together to generate and enlarge the already existing network between cultural players in Aarhus and Copenhagen.

The installation was designed as a collaboration between:

Christina Okai Mejborn, Carina Rosenbech Thybo, Maria Maj Hansen, Liselott Stenfeldt and Rune Wehner.