With a profound knowledge about sustainability Maria Viftrup designs future materials, strategies, colours and interactions.
Maria Viftrup is a project manager of recycling projects, material archives, engaging happenings and colourful experiences. She works with industry, municipalities and users to develop visions of positive futures. She combines hands-on development with strategic, analytical thinking and design methods.
She works in the fields of Design, Communication and Art – and often in a combination of the three. Through user involvement, project management and hands-on experiments she engages and inspires others to think and act on sustainability in production and consumption.
Maria is currently finishing her Cand. Design at Design School Kolding.
2017 - present: Design School Kolding, MA in textile design specialized in sustainable colour/material futures and strategies.
2013 - 2017: Design School Kolding, BA in textile design specialized in colours, materials and sustainability.
2012 - 2013: Vejle Design og Kunstskole – preschool for design school.
2010 - 2012: HF exam at Rosborg Gymnasium og hf, Vejle.
2018: Collaboration with Really and Kvadrat to develop strategies for working with coloured textile waste and designing a prototype collection of possibilities for colour sorting the waste.
2018:Art project ‘Temporary Archive of Object Ecosystems’. Exhibited at main exhibition of Berlin art festival 48 Stunde Neukölln and at Trekantområdets Festuge.
2017 – 2018: Founder and manager of Kombucha Lab at Design School Kolding.
2018: BioShades workshop facilitator at TextileLab Amsterdam x Manufacture Copenhagen x Biologigaragen.
2017: Internship at TextileLab Amsterdam, Waag Society – Developing a material archive for future DIY design materials.
2014 – 2018: Student assistant at Design School Kolding.
2016: Art project 'Stedsanser.' Exhibited at Trekantsområdets Festuge.
2015: Internship at OFFCOLOUR STUDIO.
2015: Collaboration with textile company Gabriel. Designing textiles for future tactility.
2014 - present: Personal material archive. Collecting, analysing and archiving more than 2000 materials.
2012: Costume designer for Jelling Seminarium’s musical.
2011: Talent School for innovation.
Honours and awards:
2019: Finalist at Danish Design Awards Young Talents.
2017:Colorama Award – Winner of Filmars Colorama Award for best colour trend and palette.
2017: Recipient of travel grant from ‘Fællesfonden til fordel for beskæftigede i håndværksfagene i Kolding’.
2012: Award for highest grades possible from final exams at High School
2011: Talent School of innovation. Winner of 'Playmaker Price' and second place in 'Overall Idea'.