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Designer Pia Wallén

Pia Wallén was born in Umeå in northern Sweden. She moved to Stockholm in
her early twenties, where she still lives today. Pia studied fashion design at
the Beckman’s College of Design in Stockholm in the mid eighties. In the early
nineties, she made an international breakthrough with her own brand, named
after herself. The bold minimalistic objects, created in her signature material
felt, became instant classics. Inspired by traditional Swedish folk craft techniques
and patterns, Pia Wallén’s pioneering designs also had a strong contemporary
edge. This combination of tradition and modernity has remained Pia Wallén´s
trademark. A certain playful spirit and the daring, experimental clashing of ”noble”
and ”plebeian” materials are also characteristic of her unmistakable designs.
Pia Wallén’s collections include accessories, jewellery and interior objects.
In recent seasons, new lines of accessories and jewellery have been added to
the range that combine felt, metal, leather, lacquer, plastic and other materials
in a striking range of colors that contrast and complement the fundamental
black and white. ”I like to think that I’m exploring my more feminine, glamorous
and perhaps futuristic sides, while still staying true to my traditional roots.”,
says Pia, whose collections are sold by selected retailers worldwide, particularly
in Scandinavia, the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, the United Kingdom,
Australia and New Zealand. Her work is represented in the permanent collections
of Sweden’s National Museum of Fine Arts, the Röhsska Museum for Design,
Fashion and Decorative Arts in Gothenburg, and the Museum Angewandte Kunste
in Cologne, Germany. She has participated in numerous solo and group
exhibitions in esteemed venues worldwide, including Centre Pompidou in Paris
and Victoria & Albert in London.
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