Petra Lilja
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Exhibition at Kalmar Konstmuseum (art museum)

„Irrational Times” is a Polish-Swedish exhibition of contemporary design based on found similarities in Slavic and Swedish culture, observed through saved elements of material culture as well as legends and myths from 6th to 10th century of our era. The objects exhibited are created by Petra Lilja Design studio based in Sweden and Kosmos Project studio based in Poland. The curatorial team is working on the project by leading constant dialogue, and is made of polish curator Magdalena Popławska and participants of the exhibition. First presentation will take place in Kalmar Konstmuseum in Sweden 22.10-22.11.2015.

Irrational Times project is financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Polish Institute in Stockholm.

Partners of the project: Kalmar Konstmuseum, Form/Design Center in Malmö, Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Polish Institute in Stockholm – in the frame of Polish Leadership in the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Embassy of Poland in Stockholm, Embassy of Sweden in Warsaw.

Media partners: Design Alive, Form Magazine, FUTU, TVP Kultura, Fundacja Bęc Zmiana, Materialiś,


Kristin Elizabeth Løberg
Hjemelighed – exhibition in Copenhagen

As a guest exhibitor, Petra Lilja showed three objects made from straw at the the exhibition Hjemelighed in Copenhagen. The exhibition brought together various artists, designers and crafts people during the biannual craft event Kunsthåndverksbiennalen in town.

The straw objects are a touch down in Petra’s phase of getting to know straw as material. Part of the research was the discovery of the hanging mobiles called “oro” (worry), an old traditional model common in farm houses in the south of Sweden in the 19th Century. In her experimentation, Petra’s aim is to combine the straw with contemporary methods, techniques or material to find new expressions and suggest contemporary usage of this traditional material.



Kristin Elizabeth Løberg
Helsinki Design Week

Petra Lilja (SE) Hugdetta (IS) and Aalto+Aalto (FI) launched cabinet designs at Helsinki Design Week, Sept. 2015. The cabinets are the second object to be mashed up by the designers in their common project 1+1+1 Nordic Mash Up. The first part (lamps) was launched earlier this year at Design March in Reykjavik.

Check out the movie!


Sara Sigurdardottir
Map of the New Art, Venice

Petra Lilja is part of the exhibition Map of the New Art, Imago Mundi, showing in Venice Italy. The Swedish collection, Archive of visions and actions, is curated by Paula von Seth and on display at Cini Foundation August 31 – November 1, 2015.

Link to artwork


Kristin Elizabeth Løberg
Emerging Tendencies in Scandinavian Design

The exhibition Emerging Tendencies in Scandinavian Design is an exhibition curated by Swedish designer and curator Petra Lilja. In cooperation with the Embassies of Sweden and Finland in Romania, the exhibition is displayed during the Romanian Design Week, an annual event in Bucharest that promote design and architecture. May 16th to 24th, 2015.

The exhibition shows a selection of design objects that represent three strong tendencies in the contemporary Scandinavian design scene: designers working with small-scale and artisan production, designers working conceptually rather than commercially and designers that bring together social commenting with design at the frontier of art.

Many of the emerging designers of Sweden and Finland are interested in contemporary artisanship and although their work honor craft and reflect it’s traditional values it also seeks new meaning of it’s own.

– As a curator, I’m interested in bringing these tendencies forward in order to inspire designers, producers and consumers. The storytelling behind the objects reveals the thinking and making of products and make them more than just materials and shapes. By using local resources of production and materials the designer has the potential to create unique design, full of stories – one way forward towards a sustainable future, says Petra Lilja.

Designers: Aalto+Aalto (FI), Andréason & Leibel (SE), Company (FI), Daniel Svahn (SE) Folkform (SE), Jenny Nordberg (SE), Anu Penttinen (FI), Kristoffer Sundin (SE), Lisa Hilland (SE), Louise Hederström (SE), Minna Palmqvist (SE/FI), Som Supawan (SE), Stina Löfgren (SE)

Emerging Tendencies in Scandinavian Design is made possible by the collaboration between Petra Lilja, The Embassy of Sweden in Bucharest, The Embassy of Finland in Bucharest, The Institute and Fiskars.

Stockholms Auktionsverk

Petra Lilja’s first table mirror “Portal/Steps” made of ashwood is sold at renowned Stockholms Auktionsverk online auction of contemporary art and design.


Sara Sigurdardottir
Buongiorno Milano!

”Stairs” a collection of vases and mirrors by designer Petra Lilja for Made & Merged is exhibited at Salone del Mobile – Swedish Design Goes Milan. In this new collection, archetypal form meets symbolism and industrial production meets local materials and craftsmanship.

14th–19th of April, 2015
@ Hall 22 (Workplace3.0), Stand F20–F24,
Fiera Milano, Rho.
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 09:30–18:30
Tuesday–Thursday daily:
17:00 o’clock Aperitivo and FORM TALKS: public
interviews with designers, producers and media

>>W E L C O M E<<


Sara Sigurdardottir
Design March again!

Designer Petra Lilja exhibited at Design March, Reykjavik, Iceland for the third year in a row. March 12th-15th, 2015. This time in the exciting project 1+1+1 by five Nordic designers.

1+1+1 is an ongoing, experimental collaboration between designers from three countries. Hugdetta from Iceland, Petra Lilja from Sweden and Aalto+Aalto from Finland have all designed a table or floor lamp consisting of three separate parts – a pedestal, a leg and a shade. Although the points where one part joins into another have been decided on together, each design remained a complete mystery to the others until the group meet up in Reykjavik for the Design March festival. The lamps where mixed up together and exhibited at Hotel Alda, March 12th-15th. It was be unpredictable, probably awesome, possibly a catastrophe – but the revealed end-results where a success. All five designers are very happy about the interesting process and 1+1+1 will tour the design weeks of Helsinki and Stockholm during the following year. For each new venue, a new object in three parts and 27 combinations will be designed, ending up with a Nordic mash up collection of objects.

The three original lamps. From the left: Hugdetta, Iceland, Petra Lilja, Sweden and Alto+Alto, Finland.

For press images please click here.
For more info about participating designers:
Hugdetta, Iceland
Alto+Alto, Finland

Petra Lilja, Sweden

The three lamps built up by three parts each can make a total of 27 combinations.

The designers of 1+1+1: Elina & Klaus Aalto, Róshildur Jónsdóttir & Snæbjörn Stefánsson and Petra Lilja.


Sara Sigurdardottir
Stockholm Design Week

Petra Lilja exhibits at three venues during Stockholm Design Week 2015. Twelve – Established Nordic Designers curated exhibition Feb 3-7, stand B12:11d, Stockholmsmässan, Älvsjö. Opening reception Tuesday Feb 3 at 4pm. Made and Merged “Mine Dine” design by Petra Lilja, Daniel Svahn and Josep Vila Capdevila Feb 3-7. Clarion Hotel Sign, Östra Järnvägsg. 35, Stockholm, 2nd floor. Opening reception Tuesday Feb 3 at 6-11pm RSVP to OSA@MADEANDMERGED.COM

Örnsbergsauktionen Galleri Bon, Högbergsgatan 18, Stockholm, Feb 2-7. Opening reception Feb1 at 1-5pm. Live auction Feb 6 at 7 pm Jakobsdalsv.15A, Örnsberg or online

Play & Rewind design exhibition at the Romanian Cultural Institute, Skeppsbron 20, Stockholm. Opening reception Feb 5 at 6-9pm. Petra Lilja moderates a talk on Romanian design at 6.30 pm

Ung Svensk Form exhibition and award ceremony at Stockholm Furniture Fair, Greenhouse, Feb 3 at 3 pm. Petra Lilja is a member of the UNG Svensk Form jury. LINK TO PRESS IMAGES. WELCOME!


Sara Sigurdardottir
Örnsbergsauktionen at Sight Unseen

Petra Lilja’s mirror Portal Steps was selected as a favorite by Sight Unseen, covering the annual design auction Örnsbergsauktionen (an artist operated auction for studio produces design) taking place during Stockholm Design Week.

Cut from journalist Julie Cirelli’s text: The success of the Örnsberg Auction lies in its ability to connect experimental design with an audience that is both receptive to the objects themselves and comprehending of the value of supporting independent designers’ practices. The economy of the design industry today is skewed toward the outdated and exploitative principles of mass-production, which have scattered self-producing designers and makers to the economic fringes.


Sara Sigurdardottir
Exhibition in Hong Kong

Petra Lilja takes part in a design exhibition at Business of Design Week (BODW) in Hong Kong! BODW is a flagship event organised by Hong Kong Design Centre since 2002. Sweden is this year’s partner country and among Svensk Form, brands like Scania etc. the Region of Skåne is participating with one of the most interesting exhibitions.

The selected works from Petra Lilja are the Medusa Blanket (co-designed by Vik Prjonsdottir) and two mirrors from the new series Primary Form.


Sara Sigurdardottir
Designer Petra Lilja in Swedish ELLE Decoration

Interior design article on designer Petra Lilja’s home/design studio/gallery space in southern Sweden in Swedish ELLE Decoration, Septemer issue 2014.

Sara Sigurdardottir