Fall in love with textiles
Tina Seidenfaden Busck, founder of Copenhagen design gallery The Apartment, shares her passion for the timeless, artistic rugs by Swedish pioneer Märta Måås-fjetterström
Discover the work of Swedish rug designer Märta Måås-fjetterström – underfoot or hanging like artworks, these vintage pieces are very now
From the hand-knotted rugs which have kept Berber tribes warm during cold winters in the Atlas Mountains to the intricate tapestries which have graced European castles for generations, textiles have always been used not just to keep us warm but to decorate and tell stories. And, in the small Swedish town of Bastad, home to the Märta Måås-fjetterström museum and textile mill, a new story is being told.
The historic venue, once the workspace of pioneering textile designer Måås-fjetterström (1883–1941), was recently transformed by this inspiring exhibition curated by Tina Seidenfaden Busck, founder of Copenhagen-based interior design gallery and shop The Apartment. Tina’s intention was to give visitors to the museum an insight into the incredible craftmanship that created these pieces.
‘Although several of the rugs on display are more than 80 years old, my focus has been to show how contemporary they remain,’ says Tina, who has strategically scattered a selection of cutting-edge pieces by the likes of Belgian design duo Martin Van Severen and London-based Michael Anastassiades amidst the textiles. ‘The theme of the exhibition is wall hangings, because I think they are an easy, modern way to add cosiness and warmth to any room.’
The museum and mill are still home to 15 weavers, who work to Måås-fjetterström’s designs (including the 700 sketches for patterns that the designer never produced in her lifetime). But the Swedish visionary’s legacy is not stagnant; the mill also produces new patterns by artists Barbro Nilsson, Marianne Richter and Ann-mari Forsberg.
Why is there such a renewal of interest in rugs? ‘Colours and fabrics are back in favour after years of a more minimalist style. I think we are drawn to the time and effort that is involved in making them. They touch something nostalgic in us,’ says Tina. mmf.se; theapartment.dk