Scandinavian Designers III
Innovative expressions that are quintessential of their era yet also timeless. This third instalment of our Scandinavian Designers collection is playful, classic and full of colour.
This exquisitely crafted collection pays homage to the outstanding Scandinavian designers of our times. Scandinavian Designers III presents a new addition to the prestigious group of mid 1900s designer legends – world famous architect, Alvar Aalto. Delve into the collection to discover Aalto’s classic shapes which harmonize with nature, Stig Lindberg’s whimsical foliage and fruit illustrations, Arne Jacobsen’s retro geometric shapes, Viola Gråsten’s playful colours and fabulous foliage and the Jobs sisters’ vibrant and verdant florals.
A treasure trove of classic patterns
This timeless, yet contemporary mix will allow you to add a unique aesthetic to your home, beautifully decorating the walls of your bedroom, living room, hallway or kitchen.
With the work of Viola Gråsten, Swedish textile design entered a new, modern era characterized by flowing shapes and rare colour combinations. Born and educated in Finland, Viola first set foot in Sweden in 1944 when the war made wool hard to come by. She put her bold colours and imaginative trademark on everything from long pile rugs to fabrics and blankets and quickly became one of the most renowned textile artists. In 1947, Viola started working for the well-known designer Astrid Sampe at NK (the Nordic Company; one of Sweden’s oldest great department stores) where she completely renewed their rugs and printed fabrics.
HASSEL This imaginative, lush tree was designed for the textile department at Nordiska Kompaniet in 1959 and was printed on linen. To translate the feel of textile onto wallpaper, we have placed the pattern on a fine linen textured background. The original black-and-white colour is now accompanied by a linen tone and a muted forest green, bringing a pleasant warmth to the room.
KORGPIL A vivid pattern with reverse lines in an imperfect symmetrical combination. The design was created by Viola Gråsten in the 1960s, in a range of colours to be printed on textile. At the time, her way of combining similar colours, like blue and green, was seen as unique and even provocative. We wish to preserve that charm. Thus, one of our colours is a vibrating mix of pink and yellow with brown lines.
It has now been a century since the imaginative Jack-of-all-trades was born and Stig Lindberg is more popular than ever. His timeless design is just as contemporary and popular as during his heydays in the 1950’s when his textiles, china, illustrations for children’s books and television sets were featured in every Swedish home. And now you’ll find his play¬ful, slightly surrealistic, extremely beautiful and decorative patterns on walls all over the place. Just as Stig would have liked it.
FRUKTLÅDA This playful design was one of many that Stig Lindberg created in cooperation with the textile department at Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm. It was first shown at a special exhibition in 1947. Rich in detail and a soft colour scheme. Fruktlåda is a classic and humorous design that brings joy to the room.
PRUNUS The delicious prunes can be found in thousands of Swedish homes, on cups and dishes. Stig Lindberg made the design for the traditional Gustavsbergs Porslinsfabrik in 1962. We think he would have loved the idea of putting it on walls as well.
HERBARIUM The thriving Herbarium fills the room with life and joy. At the same time, the organic forms create a calm atmosphere as they spread over the wall. The design, created by Stig Lindberg in 1947, feels as current today as it was then. Now we are adding a new, muted tone to the existing colours, created by Boråstapeter in collaboration with Stig Lindberg’s family.
GRAZIA Grazia is a beloved classic that has been a part of all our Scandinavian Designers collections. The pattern was designed by Stig Lindberg in collaboration with Nordiska Kompaniet’s textile department and launched in 1949. Now we are giving you this graceful beauty in two new and elegant tones.
He is the world famous Danish architect and designer who made design history with his furniture, textiles and cutlery. Arne Jacobsen was so timeless in his design that his work feels completely contemporary regardless of the fact that it’s been a quarter of a century since his glory days. Rumour has it that as the strict father prohibited his son from pursuing an artistic career, the future design icon revolted by painting the walls in his room white to draw on. Now, as his patterns are turned into wallpaper, we dare to guess that it’s a move that would have made the young Arne very happy.
KEJSARKRONA If Arne Jacobsen was strict and modest in his architecture, he was all the more organic in his design for textile. Kejsarkrona was created for Nordiska Kompaniet in the 1950s and feels just as contemporary today.
RANKE Make your room a cosy oasis with Ranke’s winding greenery. Arne Jacobsen designed this pattern for textile and wallpaper around 1960, but it could just as well have been from the 70s or today. Now we are introducing it in two new and beautifully muted tones in line with Arne’s colour palette – created in close cooperation with his family.
TASSEL While Arne Jacobsen was austere and strict in his architecture, he also loved plants and gardens. This sharp and graphic design, made with mathematical precision, is a clear-cut mix of the two worlds. Arne designed the pattern for a textile, but it is as exquisite on wallpaper.
YPSILON Arne Jacobsen sketched this design sometime in the 1950s, and then put it away in a drawer. Imagine him knowing it would one day be on the walls of thousands of homes! His grandson Tobias Jacobsen was the one to rediscover the beautiful pattern and give us the joy of creating a true wallpaper classic, now available in two new colours.
TRAPEZ The graphic Trapez is already a favourite in many homes as well as among stylists and architects. The reverse trapezium was initially designed for textile in the 1950s and became wallpaper in our first Scandinavian Designers collection. Now we are releasing it in new gold shimmering versions.
Gocken & Lisbet Jobs
Take your pick from anything in the well-preserved treasure chest of the Jobs sisters’ patterns; it will always be a timeless classic. From fabric, shawls and tablecloths to tapestry and place mats. The sister first set off to work as potters in the 1930’s but glaze was hard to come by during the Second World War. Astrid Sampe, manager at the Nordic Company suggested that they should transfer their flower patterns onto fabric instead. The Jobs sisters’ colourful, hand printed textiles made perfect complements to the wave of strict and functional expressions that became a trademark after the war.
SOMMAR Preserve your summery feel all year long by wallpapering with this marvellous floral design. You will find peonies, mullein, narcissus, hollyhock, borage, burnet rose and crown imperial. Maybe more? The design made by Gocken Jobs in 1964 quickly became a darling of the Swedish furniture manufacturers. We have selected three of Gocken’s original colours that we know will be exquisite on your walls.
GRANATÄPPLE The sinuous Granatäpple was created by Gocken Jobs in 1961, with a distinct Arts and Crafts flair. She designed it for textile, but it works just as fabulously on wallpaper. To seize the pattern’s full potential, we use an overprint technique, allowing new shades to emerge in the mix of the two prints. Both colours are original Gocken designs.
FÅGELBO Lisbet Jobs drew the little bird’s nest in sheer grass in 1943, on behalf of the textile department at Nordiska Kompaniet. Years went by, and finally, it was printed in the piece. On textile, the pattern was made through overprinting, with two colours on top of each other to bring out a third tone. We use the same technique when printing the wallpaper, giving it a beautiful glow and colour brilliance.
ROS OCH LILJA A lovely mixture of wildflowers, roses and lilies. This design made by Gocken Jobs in 1949 is one of the jewels of the Swedish textile design treasury. All three colours are bold and expressive, but depending on which one you choose, you may create quite different moods in your room.
Alvar had his breakthrough as an architect in the early 1930s, with his very own authentic expression. His trademarks were wavy shapes and organic forms in harmony with the surrounding nature, precise detailing and true devotion to the materials. Over the years he drew many prestigious buildings all over the world. But he was a designer as well. Outside of Finland, he is probably most known for items like his iconic wavy glass vase and his classic bentwood furniture. The latter is still produced by Artek, the furniture company cofounded by Aino and Alvar Aalto in 1935. A thriving legacy as contemporary today as it was then.
MIT For a few years in the 1940s, the architect Alvar Aalto had a professorship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. During this time, he also designed the Baker House dormitory including furniture and textiles. MIT is one of the textile patterns, inspired by the raw brick façade of the building. Two layers of brick pattern crossing each other, creating a third pattern revealing the background as white dots — an epitome of Alvar Aalto’s design in its brilliant simplicity.
Our fabulous Falsterbo III collection features 13 exquisitely imagined wallpaper patterns with vintage and rustic styling.
Scandinavian Designers II
This is Scandinavian Designers II – a unique opportunity to decorate your walls with a piece of classic Scandinavian design. The collection features patterns from no less than five different designer icons within architecture and pattern design during the 1940’s – 1960’s.