Anna von Schewen graduated from the University of Art, Craft and
Design in Stockholm in 1995. Part of her studies was at the UIAH -
University of Art and Design Helsinki. After her graduation a
scholarship brought her to the design studio of Niels Gammelgaard
in Copenhagen where she joined the design team for two years.
Back in Stockholm in 1997 Anna von Schewen starts her own design
studio from where she works independently since.
She has gained a reputation for her experimental furniture design
as well as attended exhibition designs and architecture.
Significant in her work is the interest in developing structures
based on textile but also stretching other material and techniques
to create useful objects. With the Latta chair she examines the
possibility to make a soft seat without using upholstery material.
Later with the Hug chair she shows how to transform a poetic idea
of sitting, into a complex, industrially produced structure in
Anna von Schewen works for Gärsnäs, Lammhults, Ikea, Pukeberg,
Collection Pascale, Skruf, Svenskt Tenn.
Her design has been awarded Excellent Swedish Design 1998, 1999 and
Excellent Swedish Design Design Prize 2002 and Best in Swedish
Design for the EDIDA/Elle Decoration International Design Awards in
2002. In 2003 she received the prestigious Bruno Mathsson Award.
In 2009 her chair Twist was awarded “Best furniture of the year” by
interior magazine Sköna Hem.
Anna von Schewens work is represented in the permanent collections
of Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam, Kunstindustrimuseet
in Oslo, Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and Röhsska Museum in
Gothenburg. Her work has been presented in exhibitions around the
world and in many books and publications like the International
Design Year Book and MD Design Year Book.
Anna von Schewen has designed numerous exhibitions such as
Excellent Swedish Design for Svensk Form (The Swedish Society of
Crafts and Design) and Concept Design for Nationalmuseum in
Stockholm. She has also collaborated on exhibition design with Form
Design Center in Malmö and companies like Dux, Boob etc. Together
with industrial designer Björn Dahlström she designed the permanent
exhibition at the Swedish Museum of Architecture in StockhoIm as
well as the museums travelling exhibition about Designer and
architect Bruno Mathsson.
Anna von Schewen made her a name as an architect with the well
published Kovilan project in 1998, a summerhouse for a private
family. The house was nominated to the Wooden house Award 2000. The
house is included in the “Ultimate house book” by Sir Terence
Anna von Schewen was born in Stockholm and grew up partly in the