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Stig Lindberg - exuberant shapes and colors

Stig Lindberg (1916-1982), Sweden.

It was a common feature among the most prominent Scandinavian artists, that they were very targeted and at a young age almost forced the relevant companies to employ them. This was also the case for Stig Lindberg, who insisted on being employed at Gustavsberg, and after brief consideration the artistic director Wilhelm Kåge hired him. At the time Lindberg was 20 years, and he had just completed his training at the Technical School. Lindberg became the student of Wilhelm Kåges, and it did not take long, before he distinguished himself with his designs.

 

He designed dinnerware and other everyday china, which quickly became popular. Already in the early 1940s Lindberg made a large number of earthenware works. They were exhibited along with pottery from Kåge and attracted deserved attention. In the same period he made two significant figures "Susanna in the bath" and tree woman “Daphne", which later in 1970 was made ​​of Parian - porcelain. The faiances were both in the case of design and decoration something you had not seen before. It was much more bubbling from what you had previously seen in modern Scandinavian design.

 

In subsequent years Stig Lindberg established himself as a major artist, and he found time to design glass for Målerås Glassworks and textiles for the Nordic Company. In 1949 he became artistic director of Gustavsberg, and the following year he produced a  number of series, Domino, Figurin (sculptures in Parian), Grazia (Stoneware with silver decoration), Pungo, Veckla, Indiv Gnurglor, Carnival, reptile, Silurian, Springare (stoneware horses) , Vinda (flowerpots) - all are great collectibles today. Stig Lindberg also produced unique stoneware, showing that he is one of the major Scandinavian potters and designers. Other designs are: a money box dog in plastic, a TV set, a transistor radio and he also illustrated children's books.

 

He was the leader of Gustavsberg Studio during two periods. In the intervening period he was head teacher at Kunstfack (a State School of Crafts), where some of his students became known artists - Ulrica Hydman Vallien is one of them.. At the same time, he designed glass for Kosta and Holmegaard. You become totally breathless.