Designers 2018-05-08T12:14:06+00:00
Ylva Skarp

Swedish Ylva Skarp creates a personal imagery with simple tools like pen and brush. Her way of creating art out of letters is an irresistible blend of craftsmanship and humor with a sensitive touch that affects the spectator. Ylva is educated at the Roehampton Institute in London and has worked as a calligraphy artist and designer for 20 years. Her art is represented all over the world.

Sofie Børsting

”It is often in the slow meditative drawing process that the unexpected happens and an idea, or a dream takes form on the paper. ”

Danish illustrator and designer Sofie Børsting is based in Copenhagen and graduated from the Danish Design School in 2003. After many years of working in the design industry she finally followed her dream and created an illustrated line of products in 2011. They quickly took off, and are now sold in some of the finest designshops in Scandinavia and around the world.

The very detailed artwork is created from a combination of carefully hand drawn botanical elements, collage and gouache.

She describes her work as graphic poetry with a hint of fairytale.

Kelly Ventura

Kelly Ventura is a Michigan-based artist and surface designer leaving a unique mark on the industry with her hand-painted patterns. Being inspired by the everyday-objects, conversations and surroundings, Ventura finds joy in bringing these bits to life with her modern approach and style. Her work is infused with fresh color, gestural marks and a hint of playfulness.


Kelly Ventura has collaborated with many national retailers on a range of products in the home decor, gift and children’s markets.

Sam Pickard

Sam Pickard set up her studio in London in 1996 with a Crafts Council Development Award. She studied textile design at Camberwell School of Art and spent thereafter a year in India. She now lives and works in North Devon specialising in design and print of bespoke interior fabrics and interior accessories.

Her style has been described as ‘Modern Rustic’ and is inspired by her home in Exmoor. Her ground breaking designs have twice been shortlisted for the British Design Awards.


Paula Pappenheim is the founder and designer of Pappenpop, a design studio in Madrid, Spain. She comes from an artistic background and has studied fine arts and graphic design. Paula has a Master in surface pattern design and her inspiration comes from architecture, different cultures as well as the spirit of different, interesting places. The nature is also a great source of inspiration where mathematics is perfectly hidden under nature´s quiet chaos and harmony, the way they come together is where art and nature join and come to life.

The design by Pappenpop is internationally represented and selected to elevate a wide range of interior design products such as home textiles, porcelains and wall papers.

Victoria and Albert museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.  The V&A was established in 1852 to make works of art available to all and to inspire future designers and manufacturers.  Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 2000 years of creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

Lush Designs

Design duo Maria Livings and Marie Rodgers are the artists behind Lush designs. They studied painting and printmaking at Maidstone Art College together and after moving to South East London, they started to evolve their business while working in the theatre and community arts.

The duos idiosyncratic illustrative designs show their love for colour and use of elaborate details and patterns. Their characteristic quirky prints have been applied to a range of homewares, as they believe that everyday objects should be beautiful and interesting.

Many designs are made at their lovely studio at Cockpit Arts in Deptford, London, where they twice a year holds open studio events.

Anna Viktorsson

Anna Viktorsson is a Swedish graphic designer and illustrator. She studied Design at School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg and at University of the Arts in London. Her designs have a strong Scandinavian feel and are easily recognised by her use of bold colours and playfullness. Anna is driven by a desire to create design that tell their own story.

Åry Home Design

Åry Home Design transforms the company’s knowledge of working with genuine materials such as wood into the creation of new timeless classics with an individual expression and innovative shape.


Fiona Douglas set-up Bluebellgray in 2009 and it has quickly grown into one of Scotland’s most exciting textile exports. Bluebellgray leads the floral trend and its range is carried by the best design boutiques and stores worldwide.

Fiona’s designs are hand-printed in her Glasgow studio and she has a strong passion for colourful summer flowers, expressed with intuitive, painterly brushstrokes. Her brand signature can be described as vibrant, oversized watercolour blooms.

A piece of Bluebellgray in the home is a memory of warm, sunny days and flowers swaying in the breeze.

Tina Backman

Tina is a graphic and pattern designer, she has a bachelor degree from Central Saint Martins, London. After she graduated she moved to Stockholm to set up her own studio and to study graphic design and illustration at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack).

Tina has since then worked with a variety of clients both in Sweden and abroad. Her playful illustrations and surface patterns for products or fabrics are mostly designed for the home decoration (kitchen towels, dish clothes, wall paper and trays) market but she also does editorial work and book covers.

Her source of inspiration is her collection of vinyl records, her grandmother’s collection of Finnish textiles and her son Måns.

Cornelia Waldersten Årfors

Cornelia is a Stockholm based illustrator, graphic designer and art director. She studied advertising and graphic design at Beckmans College of Design in Sweden and has been awarded by prestigious titles such as Ung svensk form, Kolla! and Svensk Bokkonst.

Ella Doran

Award-winning British designer Ella Doran specializes in the surface design of distinctive home accessories and furnishings. Drawing inspiration from the world around her, at home or abroad, Ella Doran’s designs often play with cultural icons or associations.They are suffused by her passion for colour, texture and the effects of sunlight. Ella insists on using high-quality materials that enhance the meaning of her designs.

Jerry Roupe (1919-2005)

Swedish artist Jerry Roupé started her career as graphic designer and illustrator of children’s books. She was an incredibly talented artist with a huge portfolio and got her breakthrough as poster artist at Cologne fair in 1955.

During her career she worked with oil and acryl, with textiles and graphic design, primarily screen prints. In 1960 she created the design “Tomteparad”, which instantly became extremely popular.

Her son Michael remembers how strange he found his summer holidays to be, when his mother painted the santas, which typically are associated with the Christmas season.

From the 1980’s and to her death she worked with oil and her abstract paintings vibrated of glowing colours, which still attracts a lot of attention.

Markus Johansson

Markus graduated from HDK (Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk, Gothenbourg, Sweden) 2011. Today he cooperates with both swedish and international Design companies, as well as in his own Design Studio, with segments of products, furniture and interior design. He is focused on sophisticated design with simplicity. He is searching to find inspiration from various environments stretching from the human to the artefact through analyzes and processes. Markus is represented in the Museum of Arts and Design in New York with his chair, ”Nest”.
His vision is to ”combine construction, function and form to enrich the everyday experience”.

Ulrica HydmanVallien

Stockholm native Ulrica was brought up in an artistic family and was schooled at the national College of Art, Craft and Design, as well as scholar ship programs in the U.S. and Mexico. She joined Kosta Boda in 1972 and has been awarded majors cholarships and prizes, exhibited in museums and shows worldwide, and has lectured at the Bildwerk in Germany and at the famous Pilchuck Glass Center school in Washington state.

Ulrica’s unmistakable designs have decorated both cell-phones as well as airplane tails.Through her career she has used different forms of expressions but has always had an entirely personal range of metaphorical language, filled with power, drama, humour and energy.

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking is one of Astrid Lindgren´s most well-known literary characters and the books about Pippi and her friends, Tommy and Annika, have been translated into 70 different languages.

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) is known all over the world for her children´s  books about Pippi Longstocking, Emil i Lönneberga and Karlsson on the roof,  and she has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Swedish Academy´s gold medal.

Ingrid Vang Nyman (1916-1959) was a Danish illustrator. In 1935 she began to study at the Art Academy in Copenhagen and moved a few years later to Stockholm. She is known for her illustrations of Astrid Lindgren´s Pippi Longstocking.

Emil i Lönneberga

Emil in Lönneberga is living in Katthult, Lönneberga parish in Småland, and he makes mischiefs almost every day all year round.
Astrid Lindgren is known all over the world for her childrens books about Pippi Longstocking and Emil i Lönneberga and she has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Swedish Academy´s gold medal.
Björn Berg was an artist, painter and graphic artist who also sculpted in wood. He worked for 40 years at Dagens nyheter (Sweden´s largest morningpaper) as reportage artist and illustrator of daily verses in the news page.The illustrations of Astrid Lindgren´s Emil stories became Björn Berg´s big break through in the world of children´s books and his own son Torbjörn was the role model for Emil.

Michael Angove

British designer Michael Angrove was artistic already as a child. After graduated from the Royal College of Art he worked for designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Hugo Boss and Antonio Marras. As a gardener it is natural for him to turn to nature on a daily basis for inspiration, which you often see in his designs.