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Designer Fredrik Paulsen double-awarded after ”a crazy 2019”

We speak to the Swedish designer after winning Designer of the Year and Inspirer of the Year.

Words: Johan Magnusson

The Stockholm-based designer, who’s been running his own studio since 2010 and mainly do furniture and installations, describe his aesthetics as ”uncompromising, colourful and super straight forward”.

He was awarded Inspirer of the Year at last week’s Swedish ELLE Decoration Design Awards, only a few days after winning Designer of the Year at Swedish Design Awards by RUM 2020. The latter with the following motivation: ”With a strong aesthetics and a playful approach to common everyday objects, he experiments with new creative processes … aiming to make small scale design more accessible”.

How was 2019 for you?

— Crazy! I started off with my first major solo at a museum, Röhsska Museet in Gothenburg. That led to launching my first chair for production together with Blå Station. I showed work at Design Miami/Basel and at SEEDS Gallery in London and I was invited to talk during Chart art fair in Copenhagen.

*And you were also asked to create the Design Bar for last week’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair? *

— Yes, they gave me free hands to design a 1500 sqm hall at the fair. It’s basically a huge amusement park for grown-ups, housing a bar, a restaurant, a stage and a few surprises.

Paulsen is now working on a project in Tokyo and a public commission for the city of Uppsala.

— I will also start creating new work for my coming show at Etage Projects in Copenhagen, he says.