"Klamre sig til-serien" er påbegyndt i Italien Februar 2015 / "The clinging to-series" has begun in Italy February 2015


Monsieur spiller en helt afgørende hovedrolle i "Klamre sig til-serien". "Klamre sig til-serien" er en serie af billeder med korte tekster til, og de handler alle om Monsieur. Monsieur har det særkende at han klamrer sig til ting, begivenheder og mennesker fordi han grundlæggende klamrer sig til livet. Noget i Monsieur forsøger at kæmpe imod det uafvendelige. Han vil ikke herfra! (ligesom de fleste af os heller ikke vil). Hans løsning er umiddelbart håbløs, men klamreriet har, udover at være rørende fordi det er så dybfølt, en meget fin bieffekt: det skaber stor samhørighed med det, der klamres til. For Monsieur giver det et nærvær af karat til tingene han klamrer sig til. Det er ikke noget han tænker på bevidst, men det gør det. Også til begivenhederne og til menneskene.
   At klamre sig til er meget undervurderet. Det er udskældt og det klinger negativt. Det kunne man godt gøre op med, den indstilling. Med Monsieur, som sagt uanset det håbløse i hans projekt, kommer vi på bedre tanker. Monsieur vender det hele rundt for os. Det er som om Monsieur fortæller os, at vi klamrer os for lidt til hinanden! Alt for lidt!

Monsieur klamrer sig til alt muligt. Monsieur klamrer sig til et autoværn, til en grøntsagsafdeling, til en ekspedient, et snevejr, til en slagter, en filmpremiere, til et lille torv, en offentlig rasteplads, en lysmast, til bordet på en restaurant hvor han spiser fisk. Monsieur klamrer sig også til meget større ting. Monsieur klamrer sig f.eks. til en lufthavn. Noget af det seneste Monsieur har klamret sig til er en bakkekam. Her på billedet klamrer Monsieur sig til et vandbassin (i Lazio, Italien).

nb. Monsieur er egentlig en gammel kending. perpetri baksede med ham i et udsmykningsprojekt til Malmö (noget shopping og kultur) i 2010, indtil finanskrisen også indhentede ham, selvom han egentligt står udenfor tiden, og så kuldsejlede han fuldstændigt. Nu er han tilbage! I storform!

Bruxelles billedet "Les Anderssons" Januar 2015 / The Bruxelles Project "The Anderssons" January 2015

Ovenfor: Opslag fra skitsebog.

Med flere års forsinkelse er arbejdet gået i gang med at tegne et stort billede af mystiske Bruxelles. Skrumlet Bruxelles. Opgaven er stillet af en privatperson og dennes familie udstationeret i Bruxelles, tilknyttet EU og boende på højdedragene i grønne Uccle, en bydel umiddelbart syd for Bruxelles' centrum.

Opgaven er bundet og fri på samme tid: Et billede af familiens Bruxelles, men som jeg ser det. Kommer Jacques Brel måske pludseligt med? Hergé? De undslupne parakitter? Bliver der mon plads til de formklippede buske (belgisk tradition), der pryder græsplænen op mod familiens hus? Ser man familiemedlemmernes positurer i vinduesåbninger, mens de siger noget og mens Justitspalæets gigantiske operakuppel slutter billedet ovenud? Er det ved at blive aften? Kan man ude i siden af billedet se køkkendamen på børnenes alt andet end fordomme om fransk, sort skole, fuldstændigt indhyllet i belgisk køkkendamp, bonjour Madame. Bonjour les enfants. En ting er nok sikkert; billedet, den store tegning, bliver helt igennem overfyldt og sammenfiltret og udfyldt, fordi det ikke er skældsord i Belgien og fordi sådan er Bruxelles.

1.del af opgaven er udført: 3 dages besøg midt i familien i januarkolde Bruxelles. Nu skal der tegnes.

Jeg har set arkitekterne danse - Oplæg Akademisk Arkitektforening November 2014

"Er vi arkitekter måske grundlæggende kedelige?" Det var det første spørgsmål i et bidsk men også løssluppent og julestemnings-mildt oplæg på fællesarrangement 26. november i Akademisk Arkitektforening Nordjylland.

I indbydelsen forud for oplægget var vi endt op med at skrive sådan her: "Når vi (arkitekterne) f.eks. danser: selvfølgelig kan vi danse, specielt kan vi danse omgivet af godt design, det elsker vi, men! vi danser ikke så skævt, løssluppent, henført og for alvor inderligt. Gør vi? Vi danser inde på midterlinjen. Og vi danser ens.
   Vi tror os en særligt privilegeret del af samfundets spydspids på den spændende, kreative, helhedsorienterede, nytænkende og udviklende måde. Vi er originale, vi er dybe, nærmest kunstnere er vi. Er det mon noget vi bilder os ind?" 


En og en halv time senere, og efter første spørgsmål som Per Petri havde besvaret med et klart JA, var der ingen der kunne klare mere skæld ud, og alle gik i samlet flok over for at spise et godt måltid mad.

Et oplæg som grundlæggende handlede om den direkte, sammenvævede forbindelse mellem Væren - i det her tilfælde arkitekternes, Samfundslivet - i det her tilfælde det gennemforsikrede, kontrollerede og i gængs forstand helt transparente og ufarlige (den nordeuropæiske model af et samfundsliv),  og så det Frembragte - i det her tilfælde, det som arkitekterne frembringer, nemlig Arkitekturen.

Extensive Art decoration for Dalby Skole May 2014 / Kunstnerisk udsmykning Dalby Skole, Kolding Maj 2014





In May an 1.700 m2 extension and refurbishment of the very cosy and lively public school Dalby Skole - placed in the green, hilly landscape just south of Kolding, Denmark - was inaugurated. Along with the architectural extension also came a fully integrated perpetri art decoration project, designed precisely for the purpose of being in eye level with the children (in their earliest school years) and their world famous curiosity and at the same time strongly unfolding the sense of community you will find all over during a school day. Informality, humour, innocence and an embedded mild provocation to turn things upside down are vital elements to the design - happily corresponding a modern school with quite limitless height to the roof.

Please stay tuned for more site photos, more original drawings and more explanatory text to be available.


nb.1 the drawing above in all four showings, says "Shhh, we are spying on the teachers". It's designed for the broad staircase, actually situated in a core- and transition zone between large common areas dominated by children reading, drawing, eating, jumping, running around and staff room, head of school office etc. upstairs occupied with grown ups.
nb.2 the art decoration is divided into 6 Large Scenes and 17 Small Items. The "Shhh, we are spying on the teachers"-scene is one of the 6 Large Scenes.

Project info 
Title: "Hey kids, I'm your new headmaster!"
Client: The Municipality of Kolding
Address: Kolding, DK
Size architecture: 1.700 m2 (800 m2 extension, 900 m2 refurbishment)
Size art decoration: 170 m2
Architect: Tegnestuen Mejeriet (design architect)
Print: Damgaard Jensen
Technical support: OverTone
Artist supplies: Stelling/Sjøreen (and thank you 'Amsterdam' paint from Amsterdam)

Per Petri curating the exhibition project "Every Story Tells a Picture" at Utzon Center June 2012

This exhibition - created in close collaboration between Cubo Architects, the Art Museum KUNSTEN and Utzon Center - was about the interaction between art and architecture. And a perspective of the works of the Cubo studio as well as a perspective of Danish art from 1994 to the present. 11 pieces of architecture from the Cubo studio met the art decoration of Malene Landgreen, Jørn Larsen, Maja Lisa Engelhardt,  Viera Collaro, Erik A. Frandsen, John Olsen, Troels Wörsel and myself Per Petri including an industrial monument, an artistic strategy, and a world perspective.

Exhibition period: April 20th through June 24th, 2012.


T-shirt design for LUMO April 2012





The architectural office "LUMO", Denmark, asked for the design of an inventive logo t-shirt with an idea and a motif, which could also suit the typical bag architects are using for professionel meetings. Three ideas were worked on: The LUMOs, Watch out for LUMOs and Working LUMO. It was the Working LUMO that won (the one right above), being the less 'silly', the most subtle, but still with that self-ironic feeling.

And oh oh, where did I put the photograph of the actual t-shirt, where it perfectly proves to be okay and perfectly fits both two partners, Mads and Lars, in their working studio? Well, you will have to do with these ones.

Espresso machines and hand mixers for the KITCHEN SERIES Jan2012








We proudly release two new happy product categories designed for "The halfway silly yet very practical KITCHEN SERIES version1.0". The series now contains halfway silly yet very practical kitchen scales, olive oil cans, exiting recipies, hand mixers and espresso machines for your personal kitchen. 

What's next? According to what is on the worktables, it will be dishes like a late night snack and a bouillabaisse just about ready to be served. More coffee stuff and, talking about household machines, probably a nifty built-in oven additional to your ordinary oven. 

Oh, we forgot. Of course also new recipes, surely one on crème brulée.

Christmas grand art sale directly from the garage december 2011

We - I and Vera Svetlakova - are working in a former Automobile Inspection facility. A garage to put it simple. This year we have placed a caravan right in the middle of everything. It's not a car but still. We bought it from a Bavarian near Zugspitze. It once almost played a part in a James Bond movie ("On Her Majesty's Secret Service" - the one with George Lazenby), the French version, but that is a completely different story, something about after all a too long distance from Zugspitze to Switzerland (where most of the movie was shot) and insurmountable problems in Rechenpass. Anyway. After having chosen the red picture you prefer (you are after all participating in a Christmas perpetri art sale event) and after having even paid for it, you can enter the caravan and totally at ease quietly start thinking that you might should have chosen the green one instead. Sometimes four even five people are sitting inside the caravan, relaxed yet thoughtful.

The perpetri Christmas art sale version2011 welcomes you from Monday to Friday right until the 23rd December in the garage (the trendy Studio) on Karupvej Aarhus. Opening hours 10-16.

Aagaard wall from 2009 in a new black version november 2011


Still people outdoor dining, talking and almost partying in the foreground. Still three gasthof Alpenblicks clinging high up the mountain in crisp white snow. But now also with a late evening/by night feeling to it or whatever the massive black may indicate.

the San Marco Files begins november 2011





This is how "the San Marco Files" opens up. A new series at its beginning and named after the iconic San Marco square Venice. Coming with a European classic cut.

If the drawings were the drink you would very likely order in the combined lobby and bar of a two star very narrow hotel just next to the square, the ingredients would be: 1 part unbearable weight, 1 part silly happy silliness, and on top of that just that extra pinch of that unbearable weight. That is basicly a good cocktail. We think.

With titles like "Piano lessons in Paris", "Do you think my tits are big", "You have this odd charming Grenoble accent" and with stage directions like "light leaks out between the shutters" the San Marco Files hereby invites you to rest your head and feet and all unattended luggage under a lavish evening sky perfectly accompanied by airplanes for Zürich and almost inaudible echoes under the arcades.

The KITCHEN SERIES version 1.0 moves on - now with magnificient recipies Octobre 2011

Le Patron (3. fra venstre/højre) går faktisk så langt som til at sige, at de styrer for vildt. Opskrifterne.

The KITCHEN SERIES version 1.0 now available on Gourmet Garagen/Svineriet Aarhus September 2011

One third of The Kitchen Series version 1.0 moves into the backyard good food universe of Gourmet Garagen/Svineriet. Grand opening Saturday 17 September with a nice combination of Italian autumn sparkling wine, autumn not sparkling wine, autumn cheese and "The halfway silly yet very practical KITCHEN SERIES version 1.0". Hereafter ongoing watch 'n take exhibition right until New Years eve.

The KITCHEN SERIES version 1.0 is now available on CASANOVA.DK September 2011

Follow this link Casanova.dk

Competition entry: Art Decoration project for Gentofte Hospital/Kunstudsmykning til Gentofte Hospital, Copenhagen July 2011













The hospital is right in the middle of everything / Hospitalet er lige i midten af det hele is the title of this Art Decoration project for a large hospital in Gentofte north of Copenhagen. Indicating that there is no reason why art decoration in a hospital should not connect directly, unpretentious and informal to LIFE in all its aspects as it folds out right inside and right outside the hospital. Balloons landing in the atrium (from the nearby balloon association), a typical barbecue evening in a typical Gentofte garden setting, a dream about being Jaques Costeau (which most of us has had), a sudden notion that right here in this corridor one is reminded of being in that cosy Gasthof interior with fireplace and wooden ceiling from last summer holiday. In each of the decorations complemented by passing by nurses, orderlies, doctors and patients on these cute small special transport vehicles always on their way from one hospital ward to another. No bronze torsos here with silly oppressing titles like Hope of Rebirth, just real life with humour, poetry and openings attached. No dull misunderstood respectfully cautious, but in fact depressing, pastel colors here, just vivid vibrant clear blue, red, yellow, green (in honour of the probably best Danish hospital art decoration ever, you know, the one at Herlev hospital, also Copenhagen, done by Poul Gernes). 

69 KØKKENSERIE-billeder 69 KITCHEN SERIES-works July 2011

Den halvfjollede men også superpraktiske KØKKENSERIE version 1.0 29 Olivenoliedunke, 20 Køkkenvægte og 20 Opskrifter. Lige til at sætte op i køkkenet, hvor de kan gøre stor nytte og lyse om kap med de køkkenting man i forvejen sætter pris på.

Hvem har ikke brug for en ekstra dunk olivenolie når man er løbet tør (for olivenolie)? Hvem kunne ikke tænke sig en ekstra køkkenvægt hvis den i skabet er i udu, eller der pludselig er rigtig meget der skal vejes af? Hvem synes ikke det er godt med en opskrift på Osso Buco hvis ikke man orker at gå på nettet eller man bare synes det er spændende at lave mad direkte fra et billede? Det er her KØKKENSERIEN kommer ind. Ret epokegørende.

Den nye KØKKENSERIE fungerer lige super i DK som i 17.arrondissement. Bortset fra at man i 17.arrondissement måske ikke kan forstå hvad der står skrevet på billederne, fordi en hel del står på dansk, men det er en helt anden snak.
Mere info klik: KØKKENSERIE Close UP


perpetri commisioned to do a large art decoration project in Malmö June 2011

Art Decoration project Malmö perpetri has made a concept for decorating the new Caroli Shopping- and Culturecentre in Malmö, Sweden. The project carries the almost Jaques Tati-like title: "The Route of Monsieur". Right now perpetri finishes the design for the first of a number of interior and exterior facades to come.

This is olive oil cans April 2011







Kitchen Stuff project in progress 2 Our Vera Svetlakova - the only employee (half-time) at perpetri (apart from Per Petri himself) - is for the first time fond of something from the work tables of perpetri. Vera likes the colours and the things written on the cans. For the first time, she says, there is nothing too thoughtfully and incomprehensible silliness about the drawings. I don't think she is quite fair. At least the kitchen scales (also from the Kitchen Stuff project) should be included in her I-like-category.

perpetri commisioned to portray Bruxelles March 2011

The big european cities project perpetri recently received a phone call from an important resident in the Belgian capital Bruxelles. 'Can you make a picture of Bruxelles ?', while you clearly could hear he was eating what we suppose to be a Belgian waffle/ a gaufre belge. So be it. We have this certain weakness for Belgium and we will do our best to portray mysterious Bruxelles in a dramatically foolish yet very serious way. We will start out with a site visit, having a gaufre belge ourselves.