Unique Chest of Drawers
Black lacquered wood, with hand-painted drawers, metal pulls.
Signed on backside, 'Design and Decor by Ingegerd Torhamn (18)98 12 27 - 0420'.
This unique chest of drawers was owned and used in Ingegerd Torhamn's atelier, and was hand-painted by the Artist herself. Contemporary pictures show the piece in situ.
Swedish painter, sculptor and textile artist Ingegerd Torhamn (1898 - 1994) played a critical role within the Swedish Modernist movement. Ingegerd Torhamn was born in Stockholm in 1898. Daughter of painter Knut Sjöstrand, it became clear from an early age that she would aspire to a career in art. After training in sculpture at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, her aesthetic gradually moved more towards ‘Funkis’, the Nordic equivalent of the international architectural style functionalism.
In the mid-1920s, Torhamn moved to Paris, where she became involved in the dynamic avant-garde artist community of the time. Upon her return to Sweden in 1927, Torhamn was hired as an aesthetic consultant for Swedish companies furnishing their properties in Berlin. At this point, she came into contact with the German Bauhaus movement, which, at the time, was relocating from Weimar to Dessau. The Constructivist spirit and practical approach of Bauhaus were increasingly seen as fundamental to modern design, and were key to the further development and maturation of Ingegerd Torhamn’s design language.
She participated in the legendary Stockholm exhibition in 1930, which cemented her reputation as a serious and well-respected designer. She created and displayed a dozen carpets and textile works throughout the exhibition in a bold modernist language. Her radical designs fitted perfectly with the aesthetic and general mission of the exhibition. With its slogan ‘Acceptera!’, or ‘Accept!’, the exhibition pleaded for an acceptance for the style of functionalism, thereby ushering in a new era of Modernism.
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