Scan Magazine | Design Profile | Mia Lagerman
Lagerman, and elaborates: “In my view, there are two separate traditions and ways of thinking.” Danish production has had a strong tradition of masters in carpentry since the early 20th century, especially during the golden era of the 1950s and ‘60s, with a typical minimalist expression. Sweden, on the other hand, has had a slower development dating back to the Gustavian style in France at the end of the 18th century, with a Swedish interpretation of the renaissance style – expressing both simplicity and functionality – and important influences such as designer Josef Frank and artist couple Karin and Carl Larsson.
Five buckets and timeless pieces Having worked commercially for most of her career, Lagerman is keen on finding new angles in her designs. “I want
‘Aesthetics are very personal and something that grows all the time. You develop your eye through your whole life.’
to explore the area in the field of art and commerce,” she says. “It’s interesting to see how you can design for larger productions yet in an artistic manner, so that the products don’t look like everything else on the market.” In order to do so, she explores traditional craftsmanship and production techniques to see how they can be used for the modern day. An example of Lagerman’s work in the field between art and commercial design is The Five Buckets, a collaboration with Skagerak Denmark for last year’s exhibition for Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling at Design Museum Denmark. Made of steel and taking on a rusty colour, the components of the piece are well suited for outdoor use. The design has recently become part of the Danish Arts Foundation, which aims to promote Danish art nationally and abroad.
Another outstanding design in Lagerman’s repertoire is the wall-mounted clock made of mat cotton paper for Fritz Hansen Objects. The paper is made according to a 300-year-old production method, making for an interesting combination of traditional craftsmanship and innovative design. “The wall clock shows how you can use old techniques and find new ways that suit our times,” says Lagerman. Other new designs of hers include the canvas cabinet and fruit cabinet as well as the robust washbasin in lava stone, which the designer originally created for her own house in Mallorca.
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‘Good design is when everything comes together. It is best when you explain it in a few words, when you understand it without endlessly long explanations, pictures and texts.’
Issue 111 | April 2018 | 23
Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with Swedish pop princess Tove Styrke.