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Sigvard Bernadotte

Sigvard Bernadotte (1907-2002)
Swedish architect, set designer and industrial designer. Son of King Gustavus VI Adolphus and Princess Margaret, Bernadotte studied at the University of Uppsala and the Stockholm School of Art. From 1930, he designed silverware for the firm Georg Jensen of Copenhagen, of which he later became director. He founded a design studio with Acton Bjorn in Copenhagen (1949-1964) then worked independently designing film sets, book bindings, porcelain, glass, furniture, camping plastics, and heavy machinery. Bernadotte was influential in establishing the profession of industrial design in Europe. A range of his fabrics and handwoven carpets was issued by the Stockholm firm of Nils Nessim. The colour schemes, in shades of red, silver-gray and moss green, were inspired by the Swedish landscape.