Swedish Designer Focus: Monica Förster

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April 6, 2011
Originally published in The Photo Issue
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  Swedish designer Monica Monica Förster stands in her Stockholm studio.
    Swedish designer Monica Monica Förster stands in her Stockholm studio.
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  Förster’s studio is in a turn-of-the-century building that used to be a porn shop. Taking over the space, she says, was “a feminist action.”
    Förster’s studio is in a turn-of-the-century building that used to be a porn shop. Taking over the space, she says, was “a feminist action.”
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  Although Förster favors paper, she occasionally makes models out of fabric, including this foot-long, 2.9-inch-tall Grand sofa. “I wanted it to have an improvised feeling, very casual and sexy looking,” she says.
    Although Förster favors paper, she occasionally makes models out of fabric, including this foot-long, 2.9-inch-tall Grand sofa. “I wanted it to have an improvised feeling, very casual and sexy looking,” she says.
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  The Vika chair was inspired by the braided rivers of far northern Sweden, where Förster grew up.
    The Vika chair was inspired by the braided rivers of far northern Sweden, where Förster grew up.
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  The studio’s front room is a makeshift showroom, open to the public three days a week. Among the wares on view are Förster’s yellow Cirle lamp, made of bent sheet metal with a matte rubber finish; a mauve Spoon chair, inspired by the shape of Japanese spoons; the Umbrella pendant lamp; Mix bowls and vases, made of crystal and plastic; and three low pieces (from left to right), the Cake table, the Breeze coffee table, and the asymmetrical Drop stool.
    The studio’s front room is a makeshift showroom, open to the public three days a week. Among the wares on view are Förster’s yellow Cirle lamp, made of bent sheet metal with a matte rubber finish; a mauve Spoon chair, inspired by the shape of Japanese spoons; the Umbrella pendant lamp; Mix bowls and vases, made of crystal and plastic; and three low pieces (from left to right), the Cake table, the Breeze coffee table, and the asymmetrical Drop stool.
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  Förster recently collaborated with fellow Swede Björn Kusoffsky on an exhibition and film about Josef Frank fabrics.
    Förster recently collaborated with fellow Swede Björn Kusoffsky on an exhibition and film about Josef Frank fabrics.
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  “I get a lot of assignments from companies who want something based on ­Scandinavian tradition, but with a fresh kind of poetry.” says Monica Förster. She’s currently developing a series of floor lamps, one of which will be made from resin-molded fabric when final.
    “I get a lot of assignments from companies who want something based on ­Scandinavian tradition, but with a fresh kind of poetry.” says Monica Förster. She’s currently developing a series of floor lamps, one of which will be made from resin-molded fabric when final.
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  A full-scale cardboard mock-up of a chair reveals its intricate assembly. The designers stacked up magazines below the seat base so they could actually sit on it. "A lot of my designs have movement captured in their form, as if they’re in transition or they’ve stopped on the way to somewhere else.”
    A full-scale cardboard mock-up of a chair reveals its intricate assembly. The designers stacked up magazines below the seat base so they could actually sit on it. "A lot of my designs have movement captured in their form, as if they’re in transition or they’ve stopped on the way to somewhere else.”
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  Förster named this chair the Antelope because “it looks almost like it’s going to jump or run.” Designed for Swedese in 2010, it’s made of ash wood with a fabric or leather seat. At one point while working on the model, she wanted to change the angle of the back. “I just taped it down—very simple.”Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
    Förster named this chair the Antelope because “it looks almost like it’s going to jump or run.” Designed for Swedese in 2010, it’s made of ash wood with a fabric or leather seat. At one point while working on the model, she wanted to change the angle of the back. “I just taped it down—very simple.”

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