Stig Lindberg (1916-1982), one of Sweden’s most talented and famous designers, mainly active in the field of ceramics, is the father of some of Sweden’s most iconic patterns.
Even if it has been over 30 years since Stig Lindberg past away, his designs and patterns are very popular and you can see his patterns on porcelain and wallpapers in a lot of stores today. I think, as many, that his patterns are really timeless and modern at the same time. The typical Scandinavian design language is minimalistic, cool with basic colours but Stigs design is more on the playful, colourful and humorous side. Yet, his design is classics in Sweden!
Apart from the beautiful and well-known ceramics he also worked as an industrial designer and illustrator – illustrated amongst other things children’s books. If you are curious about Swedish design in the 40s and 50s you should study the work of Stig Lindberg.
The pattern Tallyho is yet one classic pattern that is still so modern. I think that is the great art of a big artist, to be able to create patterns that still feels trendy and up to date after more than 50 years. Stig designed Tallyho in 1961 with the purpose to use it in public spaces. Can you image how fun it would be waiting for the dentist with this pattern on the furniture in the waiting room!?
Some of his more famous tableware is Berså, Canton, Linnea, Leaf and Åland. Today, these tableware and patterns are design classics in many modern homes and much loved by the Swedish people.
Berså. This pattern of Stig Lindberg became – and still are today – one of the most loved one of the Swedish people. In the 1960 tableware with the pattern Berså was sold in enormous amounts and today it’s considered an icon. I can relate to this pattern. It’s very graphic with its stylized green leaves, very minimalistic in its own quirky way.
What is so fascinating is that his patterns are beautiful, minimalistic, playful, colorful, a bit surrealistic and decorative all at once. Most people in Scandinavia prefer white walls and cool colours. I think his patterns is a great complement to that Scandinavian style.