Today Svenskt Tenn
opens its new exhibition, where illustrator Mats Gustafson and designer Ted Muehling have staged a home environment inspired by Estrid Ericson and Josef Frank. This is the first occasion where the designer couple has worked together. They have named the exhibition ”Going Gray”, where the moderate gray colour scale reflects the need for calmness, in contrast with the chaotic studio and all impulses of city life.
”We wanted to create a sanctuary, where you can stay, think, dream and spend time together,” says Ted Muehling. ”Using the Svenskt Tenn archives, with all that Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson have left made available to us, we have staged a home.” Adds Mats Gustafson: ”In reality, interior design takes time to settle. Here we have had the opportunity to improvise, play with instant effects, and to mix the luxurious and extravagant with odd pieces of different value.”
Since he graduated from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1975, Ted Muehling has designed jewelry and decorative objects inspired by nature’s organic forms. He produces multiples as well as one-of-a-kind objects using precious and semiprecious metals and stones.
Mats Gustafson is a graduate of The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Since 1980, he lives in New York City, working as an illustrator in various fields for clients that include Tiffany & Co, Hermès and Comme des Garçons. As an artist, Mats has had several solo exhibitions.
The exhibition also features the Swan wall installation by Mats Gustafson, developed together with the Maharam Digital Project, and now on display in Europe for the first time. The installation can be ordered, made to measure, at Svenskt Tenn. Nor have all of Ted Muehling’s jewelry and the porcelain objects by Nymphenburg and Lobmeyr been shown in Sweden before. Every piece can be reserved and will go on sale following the exhibition.
Mats Gustafson and Ted Muehling have designed products exclusively for Svenskt Tenn. Mats Gustafson has drawn two different tray patterns, while Ted Muehling has created two new tin objects – a shell and a jar with a magnifying glass lid.
The exhibition takes place at Svenskt Tenn, Strandvägen 5, between February 9 and March 21.