News from Ljungbergs Textiltryck in Floda, Sweden



Stig Lindberg´s very special and slightly eccentric, fanciful colours and forms continue to fascinate. After last year´s successful exhibitions at the National Museum of Art and at Gustavsberg´s, the “Stig Lindberg-wave” rolls on without any signs of subsiding.

From the very start it is Ljungberg´s Textile Prints that has printed Stig Lindberg´s patterns. We are still in possession of the colour samples and printing instructions from 1947 to well into the 1960ies. It has been immensely exciting to search for the old test samples and colours together with the original sketches that we have borrowed from the Design Archive in Pukeberg; also to take out old screens and films from our archive, plus the textile samples borrowed from the Lindberg family. We are very grateful for the cooperation with Stig Lindberg´s children, who so generously have supported us in the recreation of this collection, says Bibbi Nilsson, design coordinator of Ljungberg's collection.

The pattern “Melody” is the most prestigious print with Stig´s fanciful fairy-tale world in full flower. The pattern is printed on an exclusive linen quality on our new 60 metre-long hand-printing table at Rydboholm outside Borås.

The pattern “Fruit-box” was designed during the early years of the 1950ies in a number of colour-combinations. We have selected four original colour-ways, two on a white ground and two on a coloured ground. We print it on a half-linen quality.

The pattern “Tally-ho”, with its stylized apple-forms, is a somewhat
more modern pattern from the 1960ies which, we think, was initially intended for public environments. We have, as a matter of fact, found an original print on glass-fibre tissue, the precursor of flame-proof textile. Here we have chosen pure linen voile and a more robust half-linen quality in the same colour-combinations – all of them original!

The patterns “Bulbous” and “Herbarium” are printed in cooperation with, a Stockholm-based company, which sells designed, washable covers for sofas, arm-chairs and cushions to the whole world over the internet.

The pattern “Bulbous” comes in a thinner version on half-linen intended for curtains in the same grey-brown shades as those of Bemz´ furnishing fabric, while “Herbarium is printed in a dark-blue (also the same as the furnishing fabric) plus a new green colour-way for the curtains.

The textile quintet was shown at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February, along with an exhibition at the Porcelain Museum of Gustavsberg as an integral part of the current Stig Lindberg-exhibition and will remain there until after summer.

“Fruit-box”/"Fruktlåda" from 1947. "Herbarium" from 1947 in a new green colour. Detail on "Melodi" from 1947.

"Tallyho" from 1961 and the pattern "Herbarium" from 1947 in blue colour.

Stig Lindberg

Stig Lindberg was born in Umeå, but began his career at Gustavsberg´s Porcelain factory in the summer of 1937. After many years of work, he became Wilhelm Kåge´s successor as the artistic leader. His decorated faience, with a character totally of its own and his fanciful stoneware, were pioneering during the whole of the 40´ies and 50´ies.
Stig Lindberg illustrated Lennart Hellsing´s children´s books and together they renewed books for children in Sweden towards the end of the 1940´ies and on. Lindberg also created decorative works of art for public environments, several of them in enamel, mostly during the last period of his career.
His co-operation with NK´s,Textile Studio was initiated in 1947, when the legendary leader of the Textile Studio, Astrid Sampe and Stig Lindberg became friends. In Gisela Eronn´s book "Stig Lindberg, Jack-of-all-trades" (Tusenkonstnären Stig Lindberg) (Prisma 2003) we can read that Astrid Sampe was much fascinated by Stig´s creativity and the way he renewed ceramic decoration at Gustavsberg. She suggested
he cultivate his originality, his imagination and feeling for textile patterns. Stig Lindberg soon acquired full knowledge of screen printing techniques and also of the limitations that repeats create.
This resulted in a number of playful, surrealistic textile prints, which were exhibited at a special show in the old hall of the Electricity Works, where "NK Bo" opened an exhibition hall in 1947. The patterns were "Melody", "Fruit-box", "Paradise" and "Pottery" among others.