Pia Wallén has contributed with the FIRST AID BAG for the TOGETHER NK + TÄRNSJÖ GARVERI

Pia Wallén has contributed with the FIRST AID BAG for the TOGETHER NK + TÄRNSJÖ GARVERI Project at NK Interior during Stockholm Design Week 2024

“I felt strongly about creating a bag. A bag for me is like a
constant companion, and quite often even like a catcher in the rye.”

The FIRST AID BAG is made of vegetable-tanned Swedish leather,
using a thicker leather on the outside for stability and a softer one on the inside.
The bag is minimalistic in form, but with the enlarged crosses, it also has a quite maximalist expression.
The cross, being a strong symbol of hope, is always relevant and has been a part of Pia Wallén’s design for a long time, while the colour red felt natural as it is the colour of love.

 

 

“I instantly felt that I wanted to use the cross symbol I have worked with for the past 30 years. For me, it has always been a relevant symbol, but it also felt like the perfect symbol for the TOGETHER collaboration right now.”

TOGETHER is a design collaboration project that aims to show that we all can inspire each other and build a sense of community. The sales profits will fund a design scholarship to strengthen the design industry’s growth and future. TOGETHER was initiated by Kadi Harjak at NK Interior and is produced by Tärnsjö Garveri.

 

Designer Pia Wallén

Pia Wallén was born in Umeå in northern Sweden. She moved to Stockholm in her early twenties, where she still lives today. Pia studied fashion design at the Beckman’s College of Design in Stockholm in the mid eighties. In the early nineties, she made an international breakthrough with her own brand, named after herself. The bold minimalistic objects, created in her signature material felt, became instant classics. Inspired by traditional Swedish folk craft techniques and patterns, Pia Wallén’s pioneering designs also had a strong contemporary edge. This combination of tradition and modernity has remained Pia Wallén´s trademark. A certain playful spirit and the daring, experimental clashing of ”noble” and ”plebeian” materials are also characteristic of her unmistakable designs. Pia Wallén’s collections include accessories, jewellery and interior objects. In recent seasons, new lines of accessories and jewellery have been added to the range that combine felt, metal, leather, lacquer, plastic and other materials in a striking range of colors that contrast and complement the fundamental black and white. ”I like to think that I’m exploring my more feminine, glamorous and perhaps futuristic sides, while still staying true to my traditional roots.”, says Pia, whose collections are sold by selected retailers worldwide, particularly in Scandinavia, the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of Sweden’s National Museum of Fine Arts, the Röhsska Museum for Design, Fashion and Decorative Arts in Gothenburg, and the Museum Angewandte Kunste in Cologne, Germany. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in esteemed venues worldwide, including Centre Pompidou in Paris and Victoria & Albert in London.

 

 

 

 

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