tisdag 29 januari 2013

1940s view of Stockholm

Sofia Widén started designing printed fabrics in the 1940s while at Licium. Here is one of her designs called "Söderutsikt" or "Stockholmsutsikt" ("View of Södermalm" or "View of Stockholm"). During the 1940s she made a whole series of fabrics inspired by different cities and places in Sweden. Here is a picture of the fabric from a book about Swedish arts and craft from 1941.
Sofia Widéns "Stockholmsutsikt", Licium 1940
Picture from Åke Huldt "Konsthantverk och hemslöjd i Sverige 1930-1940", S. 499

Here is the fabric displayed at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. 
Sofia Widén "Söderutsikt" på Nationalmuseum
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB
The picture below I got sent to me by Jan-Erik Lund, Alice Lund's son, who was kind enough to send me some old pictures relating to the studio, Alice Lund and Sofia Widén. The picture shows the view from Sofia Widén's apartment on Fiskarg. 9 on Södermalm in Stockholm. This is where she lived during her time in Stockholm. Later when she moved to Dalarna, she and Alice used the apartment as a showroom, studio and overnight apartment when they visited Stockholm. Comparing the real view with the printed fabric it is quite clear where the inspiration of the design came from.

Picture from Sofia Widéns apartment on Fiskarg. 9 in Stockholm
Photo: Alice Lund Textilier AB

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