17 Sep 2008
Inspired by Stig Lindberg
Yesterday while visiting the National Museum in Stockholm I saw this interesting screen-printed fabric inspired by Stig Lindberg's popular Berså motif. The young artist, Erik Åleby (b.1985) changed the calm leaves for hand grenades aiming to draw attention to current problems in the world, such as war in Irak and starvation in Sudanese region of Darfur. Bomber och granater (Bombs and grenades-2006) is printed on cotton and belongs to the current exhibition of modern Swedish design at the National Museum.
Berså (arbor) is probably the most well-known ceramic motif by Stig Lindberg. Berså tableware was produced by Gustavbergs Porcelain Factory from 1960 until 1974 and achieved immediate success when launched.