Playful functionalist with breatdth and character. The genuinely humorous, yet restrained design is the charcteristic feature of Ulf Hanses´ production as an industrial designer. From Playsam´s toy cars and planes to the internationally recognised and prizewinning thermos from Boda Nova, there runs a strong determination to design objects that make you want to use them, for ages. An innate attractive quality, ingenious things for children big and small, that is the hallmark of Ulf Hanses´s designs.
1980 Toronto, Canada
Playsam presenterades i egen monter
1985 Osaka, Japan
Ett flertal produkter visas på "Design Osaka"
anordnad av Japan Design Foundation
1985 Representerad på Tokyo Toy Museum
1985 Representerad på Japan Toy Museum
1985-87 "Design in Sweden Now", Canada, Australien
Vandringsutställning (Svensk Form)
1985 Bloomingdale´s varuhus, New York:
"10 Award-Winningdesigns from Sweden"
1986-87 "Faces of Swedish Design" (Svensk Form)
1988 "Faces of Swedish Design", Japan
1990 Flygplan & Mattor utställning tillsammans
med Agneta Svensk.
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|Ulf Hanses lives with his family in Djura, outside the town of Borlänge. He is a generous and warm person with a well developed understanding of his work as an industrial designer. He came to Stockholm as a nineteen-year-old apprentice to Sigvard Bernadotte. He attended art school in the evenings and rounded off his formal education at the school of industrial arts. After two years he broke off his studies and began work at the drawing board in his own workshop in Stockholm. Hanses has never regretted the decision and came to realize at an early age the designer´s special drive and impetus are all the knowledge one acquires through one´s own - often dearly bought - experience. Many were the companies young Hanses applied to in the beginning of the ´70s and this resulted in important contacts for the future. After 7 years in Stockholm, he moved to his home town of Borlänge. He was curious and willing to take risks and made many mistakes that he learnt from, which mixed togheter with well deserved successes, paved the way for the breadth, inventiveness and stringency as an industrial designer that he is renowned for today. In the beginning of the ´80s he developed a toy programme for handicapped children. But the climate for such ideas was harsh and Ulf Hanses learnt to rely on his own intuition as a designer and he developed a routine that today gives him the possibility of turning over ideas in freedom with his client. "A Streamliner - the little wooden car - cannot be made to order, "he says. "Inspiration doesn´t run on rails. You have to struggle and grapple with problems. I turn things over and around in my mind and quickly make prototypes that I shoe to my clients. It facilitates all those discussions that, for me, are a necessary part of the development work that remains before the product is ready for showing." Boda Nova and Playsam the key to today´s successes. When Ulf went looking for Anders Färdig, Managing Director of Boda Nova, with one of his painted prototypes in his hand, The right personal chemistry developed - a process that has managed to produce a number of exciting new features over the last few years. The MIX series, which includes the increasingly renowned mulled wine flask and the elegant, rustic fruit basket in wood and metal; part of the year´s new features from Nova.|