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Stig Lindberg “Lustgarden” in Green

The designer I wanted to spotlight today is the amazing Swedish industrial and textile designer Stig Lindberg. We were introduced to Lindberg during a lecture after our study tour. It’s too bad that I didn’t have the opportunity to find more Lindberg’s work while I was in Sweden, but I’ll save you a trip to Sweden and show you a sampling of his work here. Lindberg is often regarded as one of the most popular and important Swedish designers of the last century. During his life, (1916-1982) Lindberg created a large amount of surface designs for countless products and textiles. One of my favorite things about him is how he filled his patterns. Every corner and nook is filled with an object, figure, or plant. There are almost no empty spaces in his designs but they all look perfectly balanced and full – but never too full! I particularly like how he was able to translate his skill for surface design into creating repeat textile patters. The same eye for color, proportion, and space present in his design for plates, teapots, and cups are just as visible in his textile pattern designs. Though later in his career, Lindberg’s textile designs still display his playful inventive approach to design.

According to Ljungberg Textile, that carries and prints many of the Lindberg textiles today,

“Stig Lindberg was an industrial designer, ceramist and illustrator. He was born in Umeå, but began his career at Gustavsberg´s Porcelain factory in the summer of 1937. After many years of work, he became Wilhelm Kåge´s successor as the artistic leader. His decorated faience, with a character totally of its own and his fanciful stoneware were pioneering during the whole of the 40’s and 50´s. Lindberg also created decorative works of art for public environments, several of them in enamel, mostly during the last period of his career. His co-operation with NK´s Textile Studio was initiated in 1947, when the legendary leader of the Textile Studio, Astrid Sampe and Stig Lindberg became friends. In Gisela Eronn´s book ”Stig Lindberg, Jack-of-all-trades” we can read that Astrid Sampe was much fascinated by Stig´s creativity and the way he renewed ceramic decoration at Gustavsberg.”

See more of his Berså Collection here.

I love the playful illustrations on this set of vases. I read that he did some children’s books illustrations which seems fitting in this style.

I also ground a great post here about a set of playing cards he design. I’d kill to have these. Totally in love.

These cards would make amazing prints, blown-up poster size.

Above. Lingberg print from his “Pottery” textile design.

Above. “Melody” – one of my favorite patterns.

Above. “Fruitbox” in blue.

Pillow from the “Green Lustgarden” print – see more of these at Design House Stockholm.


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10-gruppen (or 10 Group in English) was formed in 1970 by ten young textile designers who wanted to be able to control the entire process, from the preliminary sketch to the printed textile, and to provide good Swedish design. Our teacher said many of these designers either couldn’t find work, or were unable to have ownership over what they produced and the execution, so together they formed their own company. Today, 10-gruppen is owned and operated by three of the original founding designers. Birgitta Hahn, Tom Hedqvist and Ingela Håkansson, who design all the fabrics. The 10-gruppen shop on Götgatan in Stockholm  sells the print collections by the metre as textile or oilcloth. It also markets a range of products with their own prints. The 10-gruppen designs are famous for their powerful and expressive style and colours. You can see their website here.

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I didn’t actually get to visit the store, but several people from our class did. A few of them bought tote bags and I’m super jealous I didn’t get a chance to check it out in person. Their website does not do their designs justice, but from what I’ve read online, it looks like they’re doing well. Also worth checking out is their digital archive, where they’ve collected news and prints from their 40 years in business. About the archive:

“From the start in 1970 up until today’s date, Ten Swedish Designers have collected all material resulting from more than thirty years of textile design and production. In year 2000 all this material was organized into an archive. Today the archive contains 57 collections and more than 700 printed patterns, as well as wallpapers, sketches, images, press clippings and various products. Information about the collections, designs and products has been organized and filed in a database. Each item has been photographed and scanned and is thus easily accessible in digital form. The aim of the archive is to preserve and present the unique collection, a part of the Swedish cultural heritage, the result of more than 30 years work of Ten Swedish Designers.”

My friend Ellinor bought one of their yellow bags – look how beautiful it is with her blue dress!

I love the way everything looks together. So much pattern.

Above is a quilt I put together of my favorite textiles. It’s amazing that you can basically put a pattern on anything and sell it.

Pattern Power by Tiogruppen – the book

Plates! Don’t these look amazing together as a set?



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