Stig Lindberg is one of the most renowned Swedish designers of the 20th century. After graduating from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm in 1936, he began working at the Gustavsberg porcelain factory under artistic director Wilhelm Kåge. In 1949, Lindberg succeeded him as Gustavsberg's artistic director and continued to work in this position until 1980 when he established his own studio in Italy. In addition to ceramics, he designed art glass for Kosta Boda, plastic home decor and TV sets for Luma, and textile designs for Nordiska Kompaniet, as well as children’s books, tableware, and enamels. From 1957 until 1972, Lindberg also served as head ceramics instructor at his alma mater.
Lindberg’s considerable talents were rewarded throughout his career and among his many accolades were two Milan Triennale gold medals (1948, 1957), two Milan Triennale grand prix (1951, 1954), a gold medal at the First International Ceramics Festival, Cannes (1955), the Gregor Paulsson Trophy (1957), the Prince Eugen Medal (1968), and an honorary professorship by the Swedish Government (1970). He made no distinction between the artistic value of industrial design, craft, and traditional art, and applied the same amount of thought and care to designing a washbasin as he did a vase. Using his creativity and exceptional eye for shapes, colors, proportions, and patterns, he created innovative yet timeless designs that continue to be admired and sought after to this day.
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