Ingrid Backman is an interior decorator and designer who was born in 1966 in Jakobstad and grew up in Vasa, Finland. She was trained at the HDK- School of Design and Crafts in Göteborg, specialized in interior architecture and furniture design, and at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna. She graduated in 1998 and is working as an interior decorator and designer at White Design in Göteborg since 1999. Since 2006 she is a co-partner of White architects.
Ingrid has designed Almedahl’s designs “Maskros” and “Metallros”. These patterns originate from the specially designed flat project “Optibo”, a flat of 25 square metres, where you can change the function of the room and the flat by lowering and raising furniture in an installation floor.
Besides “Optibo” and designs for Almedahls Ingrid has been working with decoration and furnishing of offices, concert halls, advertising agencies, private homes and with furniture design.
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Ulla Dunmar is since more than 25 years working as an interior decorator in south Sweden with employers as for example Trelleborg AB, Sony Eriksson, the Swedish National Maritime Administration, the municipality of Malmö, World Trade Center, Region Skåne, MKB Fastighets AB.
Inark is one of south Sweden’s biggest out-and-out interior design companies, working with a large number of big and small projects for public settings and companies. Some of their customers are the municipalities of Malmö and Staffanstorp, the college of Malmö, Findus Sweden AB and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Pia Lehtovuori was born in 1972 in Helsingfors, Finland. She was trained at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås and at the Royal College of Art in London.
For Almedahls she has designed among others “Glimt” and “Plexi”, which both represent the fascination of repetitions and repeats, a recurring inspiration in her work.
Pia was nominated for the National Grid Transco Transformation Award in 2003 in England. And she was the winner of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers Award UK in 2002 and John Lewis’, Partnership Bursary Award in 2002. And before that, in 2001, she was the winner of the Woolmark Award in England.
Maria Löw was trained at the School of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm and HDK in Göteborg. Maria is a well-known name in the trade as an industrial designer as well as an interior decorator and has many best-sellers in her portfolio. She has several times been awarded “Excellent Swedish Form” for carpets and for fabrics. For Almedahls she has designed for example “Blomstra”, “Lace”, “Bric” and the carpet “3D”. She is also represented with textiles and unique carpets at Swedish Embassies and at the EU office in Brussels.
”The inspiration to my curtain design ”Bric” came from Petite Point embroideries, reminding of the computer’s pixels, two opposites characterizing our age. The fast high technology versus the slow handicraft. To make a carpet with hand-tuft technique for Almedahls I have experimented with cutting techniques to get a three-dimensional surface. I have also wanted to get a carpet with light and shadow effects, quite contrary to the yarn, which does not reflect light. To get this “trompe-l’œil” effect I have used a mixed composition of yarns in close shades”.
For more info: www.marialow.com
Kazuyo Nomura was born in 1955 in Japan. She came to Sweden in the eighties and nowadays lives and works in Göteborg. She was trained in textile design (BFA) at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås and in textile art (MA) at the HDK- School of Design and Crafts in Göteborg. Kazuyo works with textile design as well as with textile art and was bestowed the greatest textile award of the Nordic countries, “The Nordic Award in Textiles” in 2006, for her creativity, craftsmanship, and ability to stretch limits.
For Almedahls Kazuyo has designed the textiles “Amanda”, “Josefina”, and “Maya”. She has also designed the carpet “Mondo”, which is linked to the curtains in colour and pattern.
«”Amanda” is a pattern, where the Japanese interacts with the Swedish/Nordic. The pattern is inspired by an old Japanese pattern “Shippo”, which means seven jewels. I wanted to make an expressive modern pattern that lights up the room.»
The Swedish design partnership Claesson Koivisto Rune was founded in 1995 as an architectural office but is, in the classic Scandinavian way multi-disciplinary, which means that both architecture and design is practised.
Completed architectural projects include: Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto, the Swedish Ambassador’s residence in Berlin, Ingegerd Råman house and studio, Kjell A Nordström residence, Sony Music HQ Stockholm, One Happy Cloud restaurant, Gucci Stockholm, Louis Vuitton Stockholm, Scandinavian Airlines Euroshop, Asplund shop. Recently completed projects include the Operakällaren gourmet restaurant and cocktail bar. Current projects include several private houses in the USA, Japan, and Europe.
Furniture/product designs by Claesson Koivisto Rune are produced by international companies such as Almedahls, Arflex Japan, Asplund, Boffi, Cappellini, Dark, David design, De Vecchi, Dune, E&Y, Fagerhult, Franc franc, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Iren Uffici, Italamp, Living Divani, Lucente, Modus, Muuto, Nola, Offecct, Paola Lenti, Sedie Friuli Fornasarig, Sfera Furniture, Skandiform, Skruf, Skultuna, Swedese, Väveriet, Örsjö among others.
For more info: www.claessonkoivistorune.se
Astrid Sampe (1909-2002) was born in Stockholm, but has her roots in Sjuhäradsbygden (in western Sweden). She was trained at the Swedish State School of Arts, Craft and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm, and later at the Royal College of Art in London. In1937 she started working as a designer at Nordiska Kompaniet, and one year later she became the manager of the newly created NK Textile Studio (Textilkammaren). Astrid’s and Almedahls’ joint history dates back to the nineteen-fifties. At H55, the Exhibition in Helsingborg 1955, the Linen Line was introduced, a revolution of the Swedish linen cupboard, initiated and created by Astrid Sampe. New sizes, patterns and colours of textiles for the linen cupboard, like napkins and tea-towels.
In the 1950’s printed towels were quite new and they became very popular in Sweden. Especially Astrid Sampe’s “Persson’s Spice Rack”, dedicated to the ceramist Signe Persson Melin, who, in the early fifties, made a series of spice-jars of ceramics with heads of cork that attracted much attention.
In 1972 Astrid Sampe left NK and established her own studio in Stockholm to design textiles and interior fittings.
In Almedahs’ collection for interior textile solutions for public settings, Astrid designed the pattern Versailles for Almedahls in the nineteen-seventies. Versailles has a billowing optical pattern and was one of the first patterns inspired by computers.
Jenny Stefansdotter Stentoft was born in 1979, and lives in Göteborg. She was trained as a textile designer at Denmark’s Design School and the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås.
“My focus is working with textiles in rooms. The point is to add the qualities of the textiles to the room, such as patterns, screening, sound damping, comfort, warmth, and colours. Functions that are important and interesting to consider when planning architecture”.
For Almedahls Jenny has designed the patterns “Spegling” and “Foliage”, which was developed from the competition entry to the Almedahls Award in 2006. Her samples consisted of a number of hand-made printing experiments, which were transformed to industrial techniques. The inspiration was taken from photographs taken in Copenhagen’s botanical garden. The textiles are designed to function as a tree crown, where the light is filtered through the shadow-play of the leaves, reduced to a soft light.
For more info: www.jennystefansdotter.se
Inga Sempé is an esteemed French industry and product designer about whom a great deal has been written. She was born in Paris, where she graduated at ENSCI – Les Atéliers (École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle) and where she has her studio.
For Almedahls Inga has designed the pattern “Needle Cross” – with a lively design and playful details. Inga Sempé has earlier collaborated with among others Cappelini, Edra, Magis, Baccarat and Divine Design. She is now in the limelight as a winner of Sköna Hem’s prize “The furniture of 2008” with her table “La Chapelle”.
“The needles are in two different colours and move in two directions; sometimes they meet. The crosswise pattern that appears reminds us of how people move over large open places,” says Inga.
For more info: www.ingasempe.com
Lisa Vilhelmson is a designer, born in 1976 in Stockholm, who lives in Göteborg. She was trained at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås and at Valand’s College of Arts in Göteborg.
For Almedahls she has designed the concept “Livia”, which consists of a hand tufted wool carpet in a raised pattern, a pleated furniture fabric and a transparent burn-out curtain. The soft structure of the surface resembles the free vegetation of the nature and gives an attractive feeling to the materials. The products are concordant in colour and design and can freely be combined and coordinated.
Ann-Carin Wiktorsson lives and works in Göteborg. She was trained at the HDK- School of Design and Crafts in Göteborg, and at the RCA in London.
Since her graduation in 1996 Ann-Carin Wiktorsson is working as a designer with two- as well as three-dimensional forms, mainly products for the laid table. For Höganäs Kermaik/Boda Nova she has contributed with several large and well-known series in the materials stoneware, glass and metal. She has also worked with textiles for homes and public environments, hand tufted wool carpets, storage products for bathrooms etc. Ann-Carin Wiktorsson is commissioned by Höganäs Keramik, Boda Nova, Ljungbergs Textil, Dixie and others. She gives lessons at the HDK in Göteborg and the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås.
For Almedahls Ann-Carin has designed the patterns "Pivot" and "Loda", which originate in direction and movement, but also in the dynamic between the different patterns. The concept “Pivot” consists of a carpet and a curtain, where powerful forms are growing from a centre. "Loda" is built like a windlass of prisms, which are reflected and filtered by the light. Both patterns have useful designs and repeats, which gives an interesting composition when the fabric is divided and used as a panel, says Ann-Carin Wiktorsson. The patterns are designed with a view of creating small and big concepts, where the carpet gives weight and keeps each colour family together. A trio of products that offer a scope of form, colour and combination possibilities.
For more info: www.anncarinwiktorsson.se
Josefine Wiel Fredén was born in 1981 in Göteborg, where she works as a textile designer and an artist. Josefine was trained at the HDK - School of Design and Crafts in Göteborg, which resulted in BFA and MA in textiles. Josefine has taken part in several exhibitions in Sweden as well as abroad. In 2008 for instance, she was invited as the only Swede to take part in a touring exhibition, starting in Paris in connection with the 7th International Shibori Symposium (ISS)”, arranged by the Paris American Academy and the World Shibori Network. Her works were then exhibited in Japan, England, France and the USA.
For more info: www.josefinewielfreden.se
Often it is the small rather than the big things in everyday life which inspire us. The elderberries remind both of her childhood summers in Skåne and the her daughter born in August, when the berries ripen. She describes it as a fun and somewhat forbidden challenge to take on this cliche - a floral patterned textile. A challenge she succeeds with. The outlines of her formes are distinct and personal with the powerful colored berries in focus.
Anna is a textile designer, her designer's philosophy is in good agreement with generations of Almedahls designer, working to bring vivid and beautiful fabrics into strict office environments as well as hospitals and other public buildings.
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Iris Maschek is an interior and textile designer who was born in Ingolstadt, Germany. She was trained at the University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld, Germany. After graduating in 1994 she established her own design company based in Cologne. Since then Iris Maschek works for a wide range of international clients from the textile industry and the interior market.
She also established her reputation through designing ambitious wallpaper collections such as the Red Dot Award 2010 prizewinning wallpaper "park" from the collection "15 Wallpapers". For Almedahls Iris has designed pattern Flinga filled with snowflakes that bloms in space.
For more info: www.irismaschek.com
Finnish-Swedish designer Pia Holm was born in 1971 on the west coast of Finland and has for many years made her home on Kemiönsaari island in the Turku archipelago. She acquired her education at Aalto University in Helsinki, Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and HDK in Gothenburg. The plant kingdom of the nature surrounding her currently serves as a major source of inspiration.
Pia is working as a designer, illustrator and artist, using a wide range of techniques in her artistic work. She is happy to create patterns in large format, where both technology and craftsmanship can be seen in the interactions between line and surface.
For Almedahls, Pia developed the pattern "Lune," an interpretation of natural organic forms verging on the abstract. The pattern consists of familiar natural elements, reproduced in a large format print. A thrilling sensation of space is suggested by the shapes floating in gravity-defying weightlessness.
For more info: www.happydesign.fi
Linda Sjunnesson was born and grew up in Ängelholm, by the sea. She has always been inspired by the nature, it is infinitely varied and beautiful, which is a great challenge to try to capture in both designs and products. But it is always in the Swedish cultural heritage she returns to and gets her basic inspiration from when she creates something new.
Linda studied textile design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås (1997-2000) and at HDK- School of Design and Crafts in Göteborg (2001). 2002-2007 Linda ran her own company, Trampolindesign. She had great collection assignments in printed textiles and product design for companies like Spira, Borås Väfveri, Kardelen, Cult Design, Kosta Linneväveri, Sagaform, Matt-tema, as well as Almedahls.