Stig Lindberg (1916 Umeå, Sweden - 1982) is known as the designer who gave colour and form to mid-century Sweden. His designs are fun, colourful and inspired by the natural world, abstracting it into bold geometric patterns. He is mostly known as a ceramic artist, although during his long career he touched everything from ceramic design, glass design, textile design, industrial design, painting to illustration.
In 1937 he started work at the Gustavsbergs Porslinsfabrik under Wilhelm Kåge. The young art student showed up unannounced at the factory looking for a summer job. Full of confidence he convinced the person in charge to take him on after declaring "If you hire me, I will ensure that there will be jobs in the factory.” Hired as an assistant, he climbed fast through the ranks and in 1949, he was appointed as Art Director of the design studio when Kåge retired.
A leading designer
In the 1950s et 1960s, he was a leading designer of Swedish household items. These items were mostly mass produced and affordable. This was very important to him as he believed that art should be accessible to everyone. His iconic table services: Berså, Spisa Ribb and Terma brought art into every household in Sweden. His designs were always intended to be as beautiful as they were functional. His goal was "to create objects that are functional while creating joy with their beauty".
From 1957 until 1970, Stig Lindberg was a senior lecturer at Konstfack or University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, his alma mater. He also collaborated with textile designer Astrid Sampe in producing designs for the NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) department store and illustrated author Lennart Hellsing´s hugely successful books of rhymes for children.
One of his most recognizable work is the Berså leaf pattern. Initially released in 1961 as a tableware collection, it is now a symbol of mid-century Scandinavian design the world over. Berså translates into arbor and is picked right out of a garden. Its vibrant green leaves evoke long Swedish summers spent in the country surrounded by nature.