Stig Lindberg

Stig Lindberg ( born August 17, 1916 in Umeå, Sweden, † April 7, 1982 in Terracina, Italy) was a versatile Swedish designer and ceramist.

Youth and Education

Stig Lindberg was born in Umeå in Sweden as the fifth and last child of Lydia and Helof Lindberg and raised in Umeå. In 1935, he graduated from high school in Jönköping and began the same year at the art school Konstfack in Stockholm. 1936, only 20 years old, he had his first encounter with the porcelain manufacturer Gustavsberg outside Stockholm, the factory that would influence his life greatly. The factory had economic problems and the boss could not even Lindberg a summer internship promise. As the young, self-confident Lindberg said: "If they hire me, I will see to it that the factory again gets a job. " During two summer months showed Stig Lindberg artistic director at Gustavsberg, Wilhelm Kåge what he could, then he was Kages students seeking careers began and the factory should get a lot of work.

Life and work

During the 1940s he created sculptures in fireclay, such as Daphne, and pottery that were presented ( painted pottery in the spring ) to the wider public at the exhibition " Fajanser Malade i vår ". 1947-1949 he designed glass for Målerås Glasbruk and textiles for Nordiska Kompaniet (NK ), at the same time he worked as Buchillustrateur. In 1949 he was Wilhelm Kage for Gustavsberg successor. During the following years he led several new ceramic series one as the elegant Pungo, the graphical Domino, the refractory Terma, which he presented at the exhibition Helsingborg Exhibition in 1955 and a lot of everyday porcelain. In Gustavsberg also utilitarian objects made ​​of plastic were produced, which designed Stig Lindberg, as the tablet Kvartett (1959 ), the thermos Termic (1957) and the moneybox Sparbössehunden.

In 1957, Lindberg Gustavsberg left and became a teacher at the Art school Konstfack, where he remained until 1972. Was awarded to him in 1970 by the Swedish Government the title of professor. Two of his most famous students include glass artist Ulrica Hydman- Vallien and Bertil Vallien. During these years, he designed glass for the Swedish Kosta glassworks and the Danish Holmegaard as well as a large number of household porcelain and other products for Gustavsberg. Here is a small list: Aveny, Berså, Coq, Birka, Linnea, Terma, Adam, Berså, Lov, Ribb and Åland, everything now coveted collectors at auctions and fairs design classic. He illustrated children's books such as Lennart Hellsing Krakel spectacle, he designed fabric patterns, playing cards, wrapping paper and industrial products. No job was too small for Lindberg. The television set with swivel screen Lumavision for Luma comes from 1959 by Stig Lindberg. He was also like to get involved as an artist for the decoration of public buildings. His last work of this kind was in 1981, two ceramic walls for the hotel Al Rashid in Baghdad.

Between 1971 and 1980 Stig Lindberg was back artistic director at Gustavsberg. Then he started his own studio in San Felice Circeo, a small town near Terracina in Italy. At Easter in 1982, 66 years old, he died there of a heart attack. He left behind a diverse production of shapes, colors and illustrations that were less typical Scandinavian form language, facts and cool, reflected, but more playful colorful and humorous.

Some Awards

Museums where his work is represented

  • Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
  • Nordiska Museet, Stockholm
  • Röhsska konstslöjdmuseet, Gothenburg
  • Konstindustrimuseum, Oslo and Trondheim
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London


Lumavision LT 104

Coq and Birka

Cup Berså and Spisa Ribb

Literature and sources

  • Tusenkonstnären Stig Lindberg, Gisela Eronn, Bokförlaget prism, 2003
  • Utställningskatalogen " Stig Lindberg ", National Museum, 2006
  • Skandinavisk design, bags, 2002