Ingela Håkansson Lamm | Alla bitar faller på plats

13 January - 19 February 2022
Overview

Ingela Håkansson Lamm is mainly known for her textile prints and pattern designs. In 1970, a group of ten artists and graphic designers came together and formed Ten Swedish Designers – an initiative aiming to redefine the concept of printed textiles. In addition to Håkansson Lamm, the group included names such as Carl Johan De Geer, Inez Svensson and Tom Hedqvist. As a group, they challenged the Swedish design norm with discreet patterns, creating eye-catching, expressive, and colorful textile prints that were initially considered both provocative and non-commercial.

 

In hindsight, the Ten Swedish Designers have indubitably made a significant impact on Swedish design and their textiles have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris, and Berlin, among other international cities. Eventually, Håkansson Lamm became the CEO of the brand and managed the Ten Swedish Designer's store on Götgatan in Stockholm until 2015.

 

Håkansson Lamm's body of work spans across the graphically abstract as well as the figurative – her textile prints display bright, vivid colors and a direct, symbolic imagery. The current exhibition covers a series of collages, created out of leftover pieces of material that have remained after her many years of designing patterns. The negative shape of a band-aid can be traced in one of the works. Here, the cut-out and torn pieces of paper form new abstract compositions, while at the same time referencing Håkansson Lamm's earlier works.

 

Ingela Håkansson Lamm is educated at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, and co-founder of the designer collective Ten Swedish Designers. Together with the group, she has exhibited at, among others, Nationalmuseum, Millesgården and Röhsska Museet. A retrospective of her work was shown in 2020 at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the critically acclaimed exhibition "Rooms, pictures, stripes", a two-person show with her longtime colleague and friend, Tom Hedqvist. Håkansson Lamm has made several public appearances and is represented at Nationalmuseum, Röhsska Museet, Malmö Museer, and the Public Art Agency of Sweden.

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