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Cathy Nordström @studiocath­ynordstrom


Can you tell us about your background? I studied graphic design and worked as a graphic designer for almost 10 years before I discovered pattern design. I started out licensing my patterns to brands around the world, and it was so much fun at first. But I wanted to own the whole production chain, to be able to oversee everything and choose the people I worked with. And I wanted to produce in Sweden.

Where do you look for inspiratio­n? I find most of my inspiratio­n in Sweden. When people think of Scandinavi­an design they often think of minimalist­ic environmen­ts and beautiful wooden furniture. But it is so much more! We have a great history of textiles, weaving and colourful art in public spaces.

What is it you love most about what you do? First of all I am nuts about fabrics, patterns and colour. So I am off to a good start there. But I also really love that I get to be the conductor of my own life. Yes, work blends with family life more than I would perhaps wish for, but it also gives me the freedom to choose who I want to work with. I only work with kind people who give me energy.

Can you recommend any other creatives that we

should know about? When it comes to art I would recommend Evelina Kroon, a Swedish artist and a master of colour and pattern. And as we are talking about colour, anyone who doesn’t know Tekla Severin’s work (@Teklan) is in for a treat.

If you weren’t a textile designer, what was plan B? That was my plan B but it turned out to be my plan A. Honestly, I don’t know and that scares me a little bit. I am so happy doing what I do now that I can’t imagine anything else. →

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