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Elena Berg Österdahl (b. 1985) is a designer and artist based on Gotland, Sweden, the isle of her birth, and in Gryon, Switzerland. Educated at the University of Jönköping’s School of Engineering, with a bachelor’s degree in Product Development in Furniture Design, and a major in Applied Technology, she had long known that she wanted to follow an artistic path, but with a technical foundation. Her education combines both theory and practice, with a focus on the market, as well as projects taken directly from the furniture industry.  

“Often my creations have both functionality and the ability to change. I am driven by expanding on traditional concepts and by the vivid contrasts in shapes and materials. Imagine, the idea that you can craft shimmering shapes that seduce with pure elegance! Metal is fascinating because while it often needs to be "wrestled” with strength and decisiveness, sometimes even the softest hands are required. It is alive and at the same time the most reusable material on our planet. Patinated metal also tells a unique story. There is something melancholy in creating with a material that withers slowly, but still so visibly. “Rust is metal in decomposition, like a flower that fades!"

ABOUT

EDUCATION

2010-2012 

School of Engineering, Jönköping University, SE

Bachelor’s Degree with a specialization in Product Development in Furniture Design and a major in Application of Technology 180 credits.

2011 

Internship at Skulpturfabriken, Gotland, SE

3D modelling, construction drawings, sculpture, decorating.

2007-2008 

School of Art, Gotland, SE

2006-2007 

Nyckelviksskolan, Stockholm, SE

Coursework: wood, form, and handcraft.

ONGOING/UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2022

(April-October) “Fleurs des Alpes”, Aigle, CH

2023

(September) “Bakom blomman” Konsthantverkarna Karlstad, SE

2023 

(October) “Bakom blomman” GKF Galleri, Visby, SE

EXEBITHIONS

2022

Mixed Minds, Gotland, SE

2021

Mixed Minds, Gotland, SE

2017 >

Participated in group exhibitions with the cooperative GKF, Gotland, SE

2016 

"Girl! Fire Walk with Me”, Glasstudion Big Pink, art performance together with Jennie Olofsson, Gotland, SE

2014 >

Öppna Ateljéer, Gotland, SE

Art rounds and exhibition at Gotlands Konstmuseum.

2011

Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stockholm, SE

Exhibitor of my own designed and manufactured furniture.

2009 

Art exhibition at Gotlandshem, SE

2009 

Art exhibition at Svenska spel, Gotland, SE

 

PROJECT

2017-2018

Garden decoration and development of bird feeders for private customers, Gotland, SE

2017 

Unique, custom furniture for private client, CH

2016 

Product development of Kitchen Utensils for chef Luqaz Ottosson for the 2017 Chef of the Year competition, SE

2016 

Unique custom furniture for private client, CH

 

COMISSIONS & MEMBERSHIP

2020 >

Elected chairman of the cooperative GKF- Gotland Artisans & Designers with continued confidence in 2022, Gotland, SE

2017 >

Member of the cooperative Gotländska Konsthantverkare & Formgivare, Gotland, SE

2022 > 

KRO

2018 > 

Svensk Form

2011

Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stockholm, SE

Project manager for the education's participation in the fair.

GRANTS & AWARDS

2022 

Special Assignment, Region Gotland, SE

2021 

Special Assignment, Region Gotland, SE

2020

GKF named ”Årets Formbärare” by Svensk Form Gotland, SE

2017

Black Wild Tulip named by Elmia Garden as a "Future Garden Trend 2018". SE

PUBLICATIONS

2022

Caisa Gyllengårde, Emma Jönsson Dysell, Annika Gustavsson Nyberg "Våga Våga: 100 inspirerande kvinnor om mod och vägen till eget företag"  (in swedish)

2018

Roger Björkman, “Hemvändarna Gotlands Guiden (in swedish)

2017

Mari Winarve, “Elena och Jerome” Radio Gotland (in swedish)

2016

Maria Molin, “Berättar om naturen i metall” Kulturöjn (in swedish)

2015

Malin Vinblad “Bergstrollet hittar hem" Forum Gotland (in swedish)

WORKSHOP 

2018 >

Recurring workshop “Create your own flower in metal”, Gotland, SE

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