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Stig Lindberg 10 – Var maten brun?

Hur brun var maten på 1960-talet egentligen? I kokboken Goda Grytor från ICA:s provkök, först publicerad 1968, i samarbete med Gastronomiska akademin, finns ett recept från Stig Lindberg, Coq au vin à la Lindberg. Den serveras på bilden i en gryta från Lindbergs Coq au vin-serie. Stig diplomerades av akademin 1964.

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Stig Lindberg 9 – the faulty fountain

To the city hall of Umeå, a ceramic fountain designed by Stig Lindberg was moved. Sadly enough, parts of the fountain were cut off in connection with the change of location and have not been found again. Nor are there any sketches or drawings showing what it should look like. Furthermore, the fountain has not been maintained well so it is in a bad shape. This means it will not be possible to restore the work and it will most likely be put into storage. 

 It was made in 1962 for the newbuilt Centrum House, close to the Renmark square where the outdoor fountain still is placed (see Jan 27 entry). There it overlooked an indoor plaza in a shopping mall and even housed shoals of gold fishes.

Photo by Hanna Eriksson, source VK.se

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Stig Lindberg 8 – the fountain

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The finest piece of public art in Umeå, and maybe in all of Northern Sweden, is the copper fountain by Stig Lindberg at the Renmark Square in the town center. When it was new in 1979, the surroundings were still quite oldfashioned and half rural, with low wooden buildings. Then, the fountain was a premonition of the modernistic town view yet to come. Now, the square has caught up in appearance with this piece of art. Lindberg himself was actually born in Umeå, in August 1916, and there are also other public works by him in the town.

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Stig Lindberg 7 – Hellsing, companion for a book

In a magic evenening, this 89-year old made us sing his rhymes and laugh at the stories of his own life, but also think seriously about childrens culture. “All pedagogic literature is bad and all good literature is pedagogic.” Actually, in a sense, all of us, and also our children, are his children.

Lennart Hellsing told us about his cooperation with Stig Lindberg which started because Stig was working at the cooperative movement’s ceramics industry and he himself publishing with its editorial. After 4 or so books, among them the classic Musikbussen (Music Bus),  Stig didn’t have any more time since he always had a lot of new projects. Lennart was left with the popular new characters Krakel Spektakel and Kusin Vitamin so he had to find a new artist for them. His choice was the then young and unknown Danish cartoonist Poul Ströyer, and they had a long and fruitful work together.

He also told us how he became a horseback rider as a young recruit, what happens if you don’t follow the moralistic rules for childrens books, how his black great grand-mother came from the caribbean to be an estate-owner in Scotland and a great number of other completely true tales….

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Stig Lindberg 6 – the organic shapes

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Stig Lindberg had many different faces as designer. One of these was the soft organic shapes used in Pungo, Gnurglor (“Shmoo” – see Entry Sept 30, 2006), and Veckla. Veckla, “fold“, was made in stoneware with white carrara glaze, mass produced in 1950-1960 in the Gustavsberg factory. A small special edition was initiated in 1992 by the magazine Vi. Veckla was part of the concept Gustavsbergs Studio, established in 1942 to ensure the creative work at the factory.

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Stig Lindberg at Gustavsberg

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There is now a small but interesting Stig Lindberg exhibition at the excellent porcelain museum at Gustavsberg. This shows his works in all possible media, from ceramics and plastic, of course, to textiles and enamel.

 Meanwhile there is also the ordinary exhibition of the industry’s designers, and sales of new and second-hand Gustavsberg products. For the hungry there is a good lunch restaurant, and in the area there are also a number of factory outlet stores from other leading Nordic glass and ceramics companies – with good offers enough to make anyone want to buy too much.

The Lindberg exhibition is open until September.

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Lindberg revisited – Plastic design

As I was staying at a nearby hotel, I had a couple of hours free so I could not resist seeing the Stig Lindberg exhibition at Nationalmuseum again (see September 30 entry).

This time I watched the 3 short movies that were run continuously. One of them, “Industry visit” from Swedish television on April 25 1957 was an interview with Lindberg. He talked about Gustavsberg as a creative place. At this factory, plastic was an important industrial material so it was natural also for the ceramics designers to work with it and create beatiful and functional every-day things. (They did not themselves talk about beauty, only of “smartness”.)

Lindberg became one of the pioneers for design in plastic. One example was the thermos “Termic” which was produced from 1957 until 1975! It was found in most Swedish homes over 2 generations.

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