Women Pioneers in Swedish design

As I mentioned yesterday I spent my Tuesday eating Semlor (Swedish buns filled with cream and almond filling) with my friend Jo, and I also got to check out the Women Pioneers exhibition, which was an interesting journey in the many influential women designers Sweden has. One of them were, Estrid Erickson, the woman behind the popular brand Svenskt Tenn.

The Exhibition evolved around the art and design work done by these influential women in the time frame of 1920-1930, a time when women more and more were able and allowed admissions to art and design colleges, as well as have a voice of their own when it came to design and production of furniture and beautiful artwork. Some chose to give up their carriers to get married, while others deliberately did not get married in order to focus on their carrier.

This chessboard created by Marie-Louise Idestam-Blomberg, won her a design award in Paris, and if you look closely you can see the queen is pregnant, a nice little feminine touch. Also the shapes remind me of something out of Asia, China perhaps, and I love the uniform roundness to them all.

The oval shape, or the roundness was something I noticed as a denominator throughout the exhibition, which in many ways is a symbol of the woman herself. I don't know if these women did that deliberately, if it was the style of the time, or if we as women prefer a round vase to square one, a soft round looking kettle or water jug to a hard an rectangular version, I know I do though. Any thoughts on this?

The Exhibition is through the Swedish national museum, but located in Kulturhuset in Sergels Torg due to renovations. It is only running for couple of weeks more, so go and see it if this sounds like fun to you, entrance is free, and it's very short so won't take forever to finish :)

Today I'm off to Norway and my two day intensive work-weekend! Can't wait.