Up a steel staircase, just outside of an exhibition hall at Copenhagen Contemporary, two wooden sheets stand propped against the wall.
The wind blows in nervous little bursts, and guests, (understandably) eager to rush inside, blitz past this display. To me, this is where the show starts. Fixed to these wooden “moodboards” with yellow and cream-colored masking tape are sketches, fabric swatches, and photographs of sculptures. There’s even a Netto grocery bag taped upside-down.
Inside the exhibition space, there are even more obvious fragments of founder and designer Elisabet Stamm’s universe: clear storage bins full of clothes, a green computer chair, boxes sealed with yellow tape, an indoor lemon tree piled with lemons. “I start my mornings with lemons,” she says of her hot-water-and-lemon pick-me-up. “That’s the lemon tree from my kitchen that I take care of every day.”
She sips on her drink during breakfast with her son, Svante, while getting ready for the day ahead. Netto. Museum. Svante’s school. Home. The next day, it starts all over again. The vignettes scattered across the exhibition space are plucked straight from this daily routine, largely uneventful moments that nonetheless remain charged with meaning — ones that formed the narrative backbone of Stamm’s fall-winter 2024 collection at Copenhagen Fashion Week.