Scan Magazine | Design Profile | Mia Lagerman
‘The innovative products reflect my need to try out various materials and craftsmanship.’
Exploring the field between art and commerce Scandinavian designer Mia Lagerman creates a mix of furniture for larger production as well as more experimental pieces. Her work drifts in the area between art and design, making use of traditional methods yet suitable for our modern day. By Malin Norman | Photos: Mia Lagerman
Mia Lagerman is a key player on the European furniture design scene. She runs her own design studio in Copenhagen and boasts a portfolio with work for some of the leading brands in the industry, such as Fritz Hansen, Skagerak Denmark, Blå Station, van Esch, Svedbergs and IKEA. Over the years, the skilled designer has been awarded prominent awards such as Red Dot, Excellent Swedish Design and Elle Interiör Design Prize. Born in Sweden, Lagerman has lived in Denmark for some 25 years. Trained 22 | Issue 111 | April 2018
at the University College of Arts in Stockholm and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, she is a true Scandinavian at heart with a focus on quality, functionality and aesthetics. After a trainee position at Blå Station in Sweden, she joined Studio Copenhagen, an external IKEA design studio where she, together with the team, created award-winning products such as the washbasin Ånn and the toy storage unit Trofast for IKEA. Here, Lagerman also had the opportunity to take part in IKEA’s Democratic Design exhibitions, displayed in Milan, New York and Singapore.
In 2011, as further proof of her successful concept, Lagerman was one of five designers selected to decorate the Finn Juhl Hall in the UN building in New York. The following year, she was elected chairman of the Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition, where young and established designers and architects can create innovative new designs in collaboration with manufacturers.
Successful Scandinavian expression Unsurprisingly, considering her background, Lagerman’s expression is a combination of Swedish and Danish, resulting in a sleek Scandinavian style with simple lines. However, the designer explains that there is a clear distinction between the two countries. “I have recently discovered that the difference is greater than I initially thought,” says
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