biography


INTERIOR ARCHITECT / DESIGNER / ARTIST

My name is Maria Westerberg and I have studied Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Konstfack in Stockholm. My Bachelors project was entitled ”T-shirt Chair” and has been featured in almost every Swedish magazine and also in the international press. Today I have my own design/interior studio, based in Stockholm, Sweden, where I creates individual pieces as well as specially commissioned projects, to order.
The most recent project is a pattern I made of threatened animals that is close to being extinct. My thought is to makes people aware that it is necissary to act before the animals ends like a pretty picture on their walls. For the moment I am the host for a new TV show for children, made for swedish television with the concept to make new things from childrens old toys.  A different project I did 2010 was a house; “Reflections”, made of mirrors cut by hand. It was part of a political exhibition situated on a street in central Stockholm during the Swedish election 2010. In 2009 I made a recycle interior collection for a large Swedish company, Indiska, which generated widespread attention in the national press. Directly after graduation in 2008, I was part of a team at a landscape architect office in Berlin, Topotek 1, where I made conceptual installations in fridges that was exhibited at the Venice Biennal. At the Stockholm Furniture fair  2011, I recieved the first price in the Green Furniture award for my chair “T-shirt chair”.

The underlying theme for most of my projects is to create new unique forms and functions from existing objects with their own aesthetic expression and place them in a new context. I am attracted to the idea of working with objects that already have a history and changing it. The notion of giving things a second chance is inspiring – an object made of something you used to own but wanted to throw away because it is broken, worn or out of date… a new object with an old soul.

 

 

LATEST EXHIBITIONS
2012 “Nyfixat”, Carl Malmsten shop, Stockholm, Sweden
2012   Stockholm furniture fair, Greenhouse, Stockholm; Sweden
2011  “EcoPink”, London design week, London, UK, Sweden
2011 “Swedish Love Stories”, Superstudio, Milano, Italy
2011   “Home edition”, Earls court, London, UK
2011   “Slow living”, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2011   Stockholm furniture fair, Greenhouse, Stockholm, Sweden
2011  “Uppvunnet”, T-shirt chair, Teknikens hus, Luleå, Sweden
2010   “Pop up Art”, painting, Gallerian, Stockholm, Sweden
2010   “Designboost”,T-shirt chair,Architecture museum, Stockholm, Sweden
2009  “Uppvunnet”, T-shirt chair, Sickla, Stockholm, Sweden
2008  “Re-Made”, T-shirt chair, Munktellstaden, Eskilstuna, Sweden
2008   Konstfack Graduate exhibition, T-shirt chair, Stockholm, Sweden
2008   “Utställningssalongen”, “Flower chair”, Stockholm, Sweden

EDUCATION
2008 Konstfack, Bachelor in Interior Architecture and Furniture design
2004 Södertörn, Science of Art
2001 Pernby Art school, classic oil painting
2000 Basis Art school, classic oil painting

AWARDS/ SCHOLARSHIPS
2011 Winner of the Green Furniture award
2008 Konstfack
2004 Huddinge Culture scholarship
2000 Memorial fund of Gunnar Andersson for young artists
1996 Gnesta Culture scholarship


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