Fredrik Paulsen was born in 1980 in Stockholm. He is mostly dedicated to design and art and especially colorful furniture design and also spotty.
“It’s the legacy of IKEA: Good design for everyone. But if your work doesn’t really fit into mass production and it is not intended for it, then there is no platform or venue to show it.”
Fredrik´s work spans from furniture to interior- and exhibition design and he is interested in creating a sense of community and finding new ways to make independent and small-scale design more accessible. In the spectra of Fredrik Paulsen’s work, notions of anti-consumerism, artificiality and counter culture are thrown into a creative mixing pot that celebrates material, colour and form. With a playful approach to ordinary everyday objects, he experiments with new creative processes.
Meet also Zoe Murphy colorful vintage furniture HERE!
Paulsen’s studio is just west of Stockholm’s centre in Örnsberg, an area with a quiet, suburban feel, away from the fashionable slog of nearby Södermalm. “I like the location as it’s outside of town,” he says. “I can fully concentrate here, and there’s a nice vibe.” The designer lived in London for a few years, studying at the prestigious Royal College of Art. On moving back to Stockholm he was struck by how comparatively small the city was, and how much easier that makes many aspects of everyday life. “Most things I strap to my bike, and I cycle from the woodshop to the studio.”
Rational in shape and construction, the swirling, wild color and pattern he applies to them transforms the solid and rigid forms into something acid-tinged. He developed his wood dyeing technique at the RCA — bright turquoise diffuses into deep purple, and then ochre. He decorates surfaces with off-the-shelf industrial floor flakes, providing a braille-like pattern to the touch.
Find more colorful furniture HERE!