Scandinavian Designers II
Put timeless design on your walls. 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. Browse through the characteristically timeless, geometric functional style of Arne Jacobsen, the decorative fairy tale patterns of Stig Lindberg, the Jobs sisters’ treasure chest of classic, flowery patterns and the stylish, sketched foliage of Viola Gråsten.
All of the patterns in the collection have a natural, colourful and imaginative touch that make them a perfect complement to the understated, clean Scandinavian interior design. Classic and contemporary have never been more to the point.
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 playful, slightly surrealistic, extremely beautiful and decorative patterns on walls all over the place. Just as Stig would have liked it.
The pattern with its stylized green leaves is one of the most loved by the Swedish people. The china was sold in immense quantities during the 1960’s and is considered an icon in Swedish homes today. Design by Stig Lindberg.
You ́ll find new clever details in this classic pattern every time you look at it. It was first displayed at an exhibition by NK (the Nordic Company) together with several others of Stig Lindberg’s imaginative textile patterns.
To Stig Lindberg, pottery was both the starting point and final step of his career. In the early 1940’s he designed statues and he also taught pottery at university. This is a pattern that changes its shape every time you look at it.
A pattern from the large, playful collection that Stig Lindberg composed for an exhibition at NK (the Nordic Company) in 1947. The managing director, Astrid Sampe fell in love with the pattern to such a degree that she had it turned into a dress. Stig Lindberg then made a necklace and bracelet of porcelain flowers for the dress that is now on display at the Nordic Museum.
With the work of Viola Gråsten, Swedish textile design entered a new, modern era characterized by showing 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.
An exciting pattern of leaves, so airy you can feel the sky appear beyond the leaves. The wallpaper pattern is based on Viola Gråsten’s original textile sketches that she made in 1964. This wallpaper is carefully preserving the spontaneous and sketchy expression that was so important to Viola. A timeless design.
A characteristic 1960’s pattern that works just as well today. The hand drawn leaves that make up the pattern create a beautiful wall much like a thick forest. The wallpaper originates from the textile with the same name that she designed in 1962 and it radiates both a modern and playful, naturalistic feeling. Design by Viola Gråsten.
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.
Arne Jacobsen was a master at using simple shapes such as triangles and circles to create intricate patterns with both rhythm, pace and tone. Vertigo is based on the movements of semicircles and was first designed as a furniture fabric.
A classic, graphic pattern based on reversed trapezes, originally designed for fabric in the 1950’s. The simplicity is a stroke of genius and makes the pattern perfect for wallpapers too. A favourite amongst architects and interior designers. Design by Arne Jacobsen.
This beautiful pattern is one of hundreds of textile patterns designed by Arne Jacobsen and now preserved in his archive. Small triangles and semi circles form a braided pattern, which adds a cosy feeling to the wall.
Arne had a special relationship with the simplicity of graphic, but he was also in love with nature. He’s made countless textile patterns inspired by the Scandinavian flora. The graceful vines turned to art in his hands and wind their way across the wall.
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 ower 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.
This pattern by Gocken Jobs was first designed for NK (the Nordic Company) and appeared at their great exhibition in 1945. The wallpaper is printed in our oldest surface-printing machine to make sure it has just the right feeling. Every inch of this wallpaper is a unique piece of art.
An amazing, blooming pattern with Lisbet’s characteristic style. The pattern was made in the 1950’s and the fresh, green plants keep a sense of summer in the room all year round. Design by Lisbet Jobs.
Lisbet Jobs’ most distinguished plant pattern is grand and elegant with the beautiful cow parsnip in centre like the queen of meadow flowers. There’s a hint of the 1950’s angularity in the drawing. Aurora was designed in 1956.
Gocken Jobs has created a number of plant patterns that are still well known and sought after. This wonderful, lush pattern with rhubarb, dew cup, viola and monkshood is one of her most loved.