Kerstin H. Holmquist
Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist (1925-1997) was a Swedish
modernist architect and designer. She is remembered today, for her
ability to create designs for the modern home in the 1950's without
worrying about short lived trends and what other people thought -
to stay true to her own unique and humanistic design vision.
She often worked with her husband Erik Holmquist, and
together they modelled and created the pieces together. A key
aspect for the couple was always to test out their designs in their
own home before completing a project.
"I think both furniture and textiles, wherever
they end up, must be kind, gentle and courteous, but without losing
their character. They should have human qualities, not be pompous
and only stand alone, but able to adapt to the environment they end
Holmquist worked and studied in England from
1946-47 immediately after the war where she also studied art
history and became fascinated with the classic English upholstered
furniture and style. Something that without a doubt inspired her
own creations later in life while she still developed her own
expression. She returned to Sweden where she attended and graduated
Konstfack from 1948-52.
Her timeless and iconic 'Paradiset' collection was
created during her employment with NK - Nordiska Kompaniet in
1956-57 and holds a soft simplicity, they are unique in their
appearance - light, clean lines and gracious with an air of
romance. Today her designs are highly treasured collectibles and
rarely to be found on auctions.
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