About Monica Förster
Monica Förster is both designer and creative director for iconic Swedish heritage brand Swedese. Born in 1966, she grew up close to the Arctic Circle in the very north of Sweden and trained at Beckmans School of design and the University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Förster is represented in the International Design Yearbook. With an impressive portfolio behind her, her work has been featured in some of the world’s most renowned galleries such as New York’s MOMA, and she has received many awards including Elle Decoration Designer of the Year.
Monica’s approach to design is unique therefore it is based on many feelings and contradictions - creating something new, powerful, useful and poetic. Her inspiration stems from northern Swedish handicraft, the elegance of high fashion and nature itself.
“I sometimes say that I’m not interested in form, but that may not be entirely true. What I mean is simply that the idea behind each project is more important. When the ideas is set, I focus on shape, colour and detail.” - Monica Förster
Fred International has the pleasure of introducing four “future classics” by Monica Förster for Swedese’s new 2017 collection.
- Wood Sofa
Wood is characterized by clear lines and its distinct wooden frame. In both shape and choice of material, Monica Förster reflects the Swedese design tradition and vision of creating elegant furniture that combine strong wooden details with textiles. In particular, the wooden frames of each sofa have been carefully selected and treated, in order to have the finest quality of natural grains present in the wood.
When designing Coffee Bean, Monica Förster sought inspiration in nature, in line with the Swedese tradition. The name explains the shape, which follows the curved shapes and organic materials of a coffee bean. Specifically, the table also engages in a dialogue with the archives of Yngve Ekström and his design aesthetics, which often took as their starting point a particular shape he had noticed in the rich nature outside his home. In this way, it symbolizes the history of the company, while also pointing forwards to the future.
Monica Förster’s Guest is easily recognized by its distinct use of bentwood as well as its graceful measurements. Its delicate size allows it to fit in any setting without taking over. In addition, it is designed to be especially comfortable to sit in, which makes it perfect for both working and socializing. The name alludes to the designer’s underlying desire to create a chair for people to feel at home in.
The contrasting materials and structures enhance the organic shapes that define Pond. The monochromatic colour scheme brings harmony and a sense of calmness. It is also possible to order a bespoke version of Pond, made from leftover materials from other productions. This sustainable approach ensures that waste is kept to a minimum. Because different stones are used in different productions, the aesthetic effects are varied and cannot be planned in advance, creating a truly bespoke piece of furniture.