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Swedish Mid Century Modern Designers

As a tribute to our Swedish design heritage, we’re proud to offer our fabric covers and accessories in a selection of timeless, inherently Swedish patterns - including some of Sweden’s most iconic 20th century designers, such as Stig Lindberg, Sven Markelius, Göta Trägårdh, Annika Malmström and Stellan Mörner.

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Stig Lindberg

Stig Lindberg was one of Sweden's most important 20th century designers. He studied at the Swedish State School of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, hoping to become a painter.  Lindberg worked with Gustavsberg’s studio (a prominent Swedish ceramics house) until 1980, then moved to Italy to establish his own studio.  Over the years, he has been awarded gold medals and grand prix at the Triennale Exhibitions.

We’ve chosen Stig Lindberg as a Bemz design partner because of the timelessly beautiful nature of his patterns. In addition to Tallyho - a graphic representation of stylised apples - we’ve reproduced one of his most famous textile designs called Herbarium. These designs have been reprinted by Bemz for the first time since the 1960s, and are available across the entire Bemz collection. We feel that they fit perfectly with our feeling of Scandinavian design and the revived interest in retro style.

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Sven Markelius

Sven Markelius (1889-1972)  was one of Sweden’s most iconic 20th century architects and designers and a strong advocate of Swedish Functionalism. Several of his well-known textile patterns, such as Pythagoras and Prisma, have been exhibited internationally as representative examples of 1950s Swedish textile design. Bemz is very proud to offer the prestigious Pythagoras print as part of our regular collection.

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Göta Trägårdh

Swedish textile and costume designer Göta Trägårdh was influenced by major trends during the 50s and 60s: pop art and splatter painting. These remain contemporary design themes and are often repeated in her textiles. Trägårdh’s vibrant pattern Folklore and her graphic pattern Japan are available across the complete Bemz collection of products.

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Stellan Mörner

Swedish mid-century painter and scenographer Stellan Mörner was a significant contributor to the post-war avant-garde scene. His work was all about surrealism and fantasy. We’re delighted to present his pattern Comedin Går (the Comedy Walks) as a Bemz design cover. It embodies eleven different colours of angular prisms that intersect and interlock in one stunning abstract dream. The design was originally produced as a stage curtain for the inauguration of Sweden’s Halmstad Stadsteater in 1954, where the curtains remained until 2008.

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Annika Malmström

In the early 1950s, Annika Malmström worked as a textile designer where she counted IKEA and the classic Swedish textile company Strömma amongst her clients. Harlequin is a never-before produced design made up of pen strokes that fuse and connect to form a geometric pattern. It is available across the complete range of Bemz design covers.

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