Viola Gråsten

With the work of Viola Gråsten, Swedish textile design entered a new, modern era characterized by showing shapes and rare colour combinations. Born and educated in Finland, Viola first set foot in Sweden in 1944 when the war made wool hard to come by. She put her bold colours and imaginative trademark on everything from long pile rugs to fabrics and blankets and quickly became one of the most renowned textile artists. In 1947, Viola started working for the well- known designer Astrid Sampe at NK (the Nordic Company; one of Sweden’s oldest great department stores) where she completely renewed their rugs and printed fabrics.

Viola Gråsten

Romans

An exciting pattern of leaves, so airy you can feel the sky appear beyond the leaves. The wallpaper pattern is based on Viola Gråsten’s original textile sketches that she made in 1964. This wallpaper is carefully preserving the spontaneous and sketchy expression that was so important to Viola. A timeless design.

 

Romans

Amorina

A characteristic 1960’s pattern that works just as well today. The hand drawn leaves that make up the pattern create a beautiful wall much like a thick forest. The wallpaper originates from the textile with the same name that she designed in 1962 and it radiates both a modern and playful, naturalistic feeling.

 

Amorina

 

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