Art direction and graphic design
It’s been a pretty busy year.
My first issue as Creative Director for Rodeo Magazine came out, with a custom script created by Göran Söderström. I designed Dialogue for Iaspis/Axl Books; Bergman’s Video with Göran Hugo Olsson for Swedish Television; A new website [and other stuff] for Liselotte Watkins with AGoodId; Yoko Ono and Wolfgang Tillmans for Moderna Museet; Curtain Callers and Contemporary Swedish Photography for Art & Theory, and two new Clarice Lispector titles for Tranan Books. There were also lectures at FIT and Hyper Island and a workshop at Beckmans.
Happy New Year! See you soon. xxx
Waiting for the moment to announce that I’ve been given the best job ever.
Meanwhile I’m putting the final touches to the next version of this website with Mats, and with beautiful photography by Helena Karlsson. Also designing folder for Yoko Ono at Moderna Museet and a ton of other stuff.
Here’s Anna Tribelhorn from the studio overseeing the printing of new notebooks for Malmstenbutiken at Norrbacka Tryckeri.
Other projects this spring include a new book with artist Ann-Sofi Sidén. We’re also busy with a complete reconstruction and redesign of this website with our friends at AGoodId.
The exhibition Helvete (Hell), with artists such as Glenn Brown, Dick Bengtsson, Jenny Holzer and Francisco de Goya is currently on view at Liljevalchs Art Gallery in Stockholm. The catalogue, along with posters, invite, banner, tote bags and a teaser film was designed by the studio. See more pix in this Flickr set.
The book that the studio designed for the Royal Armoury in Stockholm earlier this year, for their vintage fashion exhibition, has become an iPad app. Created by Anna Tribelhorn with Stefania, the app is the first to be launched by a Swedish museum.
Last week I stumbled upon the Keren Cytter book we designed for Moderna Museet / Sternberg Press in the bookshop at Whitney Museum.
New art projects this spring includes a publication for Iaspis - a loosely based follow-up to Voice Over from 2009 - and a catalogue for the group exhibition Helvete, with Glenn Brown, Francisco Goya, Cindy Sherman, Sun Xun and more at Liljevalchs Art Gallery in Stockholm.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975, with art direction and graphics by the studio, won the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. It has also been shown at the Berlinale, Berlin and in New York as part of the New Directors New Film festival.
Stefania Malmsten is back in New York, working from the collaborative workspace Studiomates in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975, directed by Göran Hugo Olsson, produced by Story, with art direction and graphics by the studio is having it's premiere in a few hours at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah.
Stefania Malmsten is represented in Scandinavia by VOL Agency.
Still life by Helena Karlsson.
Carl Hammoud’s solo exhibition Polygraph is opening tonight at Göteborgs Konstmuseum. The invite, designed by Stefania, was printed last week with TMG Sthlm and Profilskaparen. The studio is currently working on a book with Carl Hammoud's work to be published in November.
The first exhibition in the Nordic countries with Keren Cytter, opens next week at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The invite (shown here), catalogue, leaflet and lettering in the exhibition are designed by Stefania Malmsten with Anna Tribelhorn.
Right now at Strandvägen 5b in Stockholm, the opening party for the The MONOCLE X Malmsten Seasonal Shop is in full swing. To coincide with this international event, the studio has designed a wall in the store dedicated to Carl Malmsten and his legacy. Stefania and Anna Tribelhorn carried out the project with prints by Digaloo and vinyl text by Clarex.
Stefania Malmsten is currently based in New York and is a member of 5 in 1. The studio in Stockholm is being managed by Anna Tribelhorn.
Still from The Black Power Mixtape, directed by Göran Hugo Olsson. The feature film, produced by Story with graphics by Stefania Malmsten, has it's world premiere 2010.
Posters and cards for 10X10 By Rodebjer, a new exclusive collection of ten dresses in a limited and numbered edition of ten, were printed last week at Digaloo in Stockholm. Photography by Peter Gehrke. Graphic design, along with labels and hangtags (10x10 cm), by the studio.
The traveling exhibition Swedish Fashion – Exploring a New Identity, curated by Maria Ben Saad and produced by the Swedish Institute opened on Friday at MOT in Tokyo and attracted a huge enthusiastic crowd. Art direction and design by Stefania Malmsten with Ulrika Hellberg; Exhibition design by Ola Andersson with Joel Hedgren at A1 Arkitekter; Film backdrop by Göran Olsson/Story.
Next stop for Swedish Fashion – Exploring a New Identity curated by Maria Ben Saad and produced by the Swedish Institute is Tokyo. The world touring exhibition opens at MOT on October 31. The studio is busy producing signs and a supplement to the catalogue. The Japanese version of the 3 meter banner was printed last week at Big Image under the supervision of Ulrika Hellberg.
This morning Rodebjer made a presentation of their Spring/Summer 2010 collection in the Stockholm store on Jakobsbergsgatan. Stefania Malmsten and Ulrika Hellberg at the Studio are currently working on the lookbook in a new generous format.
The cover for the Iaspis publication Voice Over was printed in the new Heidelberg Foilmaster at EkotryckRedners in Stockholm last week, under the supervision of Ulrika Hellberg and Stefania Malmsten. The binding is done at Norsborgs Bokbinderi today.
Iaspis will launch the new publication Voice Over, with contributions from artists Miriam Bäckström, Geist, Goldin+Senneby, Saskia Holmkvist and Fia-Stina Sandlund, in Venice June 4th. The publication, along with a bag and invites for the reception, is designed at the studio by Stefania Malmsten and Ulrika Hellberg. The invites, printed in offset and letterpress at EkotryckRedners in Stockholm under the supervision of Ulrika Hellberg, are being sent out today. Iaspis – the international program of the Visual Arts Fund, a branch of the Arts Grants Committee – is a new client this spring.
Am I Black Enough For You – A Documentary With HRH Billy Paul – directed by Göran Hugo Olsson, produced by Story and art directed by Stefania Malmsten – had its world premiere at Zita Cinema in Stockholm on Friday and got top reviews everywhere. 74 year old Billy Paul spent the week in Stockholm and made his first ever performance to a Swedish audience at Berns nightclub.
Swedish Fashion – Exploring a New Identity, is showing at The Fashion and Textile Museum in London until 17 May. Stefania Malmsten and Ulrika Hellberg went to London, along with the rest of the team, to oversee the installations in time for the opening.
The first version of the new malmsten.se, created by AGoodId and designed by Stefania Malmsten, was released earlier this week. Right now at Strandvägen 5b in Stockholm, the opening party for the new Malmstenbutiken is in full swing, celebrating the new space, the collaboration with Martin Bergström and of course the new graphic design, (by Stefania and Ulrika Hellberg) with drinks and music by Stuffe.
See you soon.
Still from Am I Black Enough For You – A Documentary With HRH Billy Paul, directed by Göran Hugo Olsson. The feature film, with graphics by Stefania Malmsten, has it's world premiere in March 2009.
Carl Malmsten (1888–1972) is one of Sweden’s most famous furniture designers. He is also Stefania Malmsten’s great grandfather. In 1940 he opened his own store on Strandvägen 5b in Stockholm. Today the 300 m2 store, Malmstenbutiken, is run by Stefania’s uncle, Jerk Malmsten.
The studio is currently working on the delicate task of creating a new graphic identity for Malmstenbutiken along with the design for a brand new Malmsten website created by AGoodId.
Swedish Fashion – Exploring a New Identity, curated by Maria Ben Saad and produced by Anna Maria Bernitz at the Swedish Institute premieres at Winzavod Moscow Contemporary Art Center, tomorrow. Art direction and design by Stefania Malmsten with Ulrika Hellberg; Exhibition design by Ola Andersson with Joel Hedgren at A1 Arkitekter; Film backdrop by Göran Olsson with Anna Persson at Story; Styling by Karin Smeds with Gustav Skärbring. Next stop for the world touring exhibition is Fashion and Textile Museum in London in February 2009.
The campaign for Rodebjer Autumn Winter 2008 was shot by André Wolff. Stylist: Rebecca Palmér; hair: Tony Lundström; make up: Anya de Tobon; model: Nike. Art direction by Stefania Malmsten with Ulrika Hellberg.
Stefania Malmsten and Ulrika Hellberg are currently working on the graphic design for the exhibition Swedish Fashion – Exploring a New Identity, curated by Maria Ben Saad and produced by the Swedish Institute. The exhibition is scheduled to tour the world during two years, starting at Winzavod in Moscow in October 2008.
Stefania Malmsten is currently located on Manhattan. The Studio in Stockholm is managed by Ulrika Hellberg. Projects this spring include: art direction and design for the exhibition Swedish Fashion – Exploring a New Identity, produced by The Swedish Institute and curated by Maria Ben Saad; The New York-event for Watkins’ Box of Pin Ups; Graphics for Am I Black Enough For You – A Documentary With HRH Billy Paul, produced by Story and directed by Göran Olsson.
The inner core of this website is currently undergoing development by Mats Ingerdal and his team at AGoodId, to make my work look even better and to facilitate communication with clients and associates in the coming year.
Thanks for a great year and see you soon.
Stefania Malmsten is currently working on a follow-up to the 2004 Liselotte Watkins-collaboration Watkins’ Heroine. Watkins’ Box of Pin Ups is an exclusive box with 36 printed portraits by Liselotte Watkins. Along with the box comes the album Watkins’ No 1, with photographs and sources of inspiration.
Miuccia Prada chose two of Liselotte Watkins’ drawings for the Miu Miu spring/summer 2008 collection, shown in Paris in October. The drawings feature portraits of Maria Eriksson from The Concretes and of Stefania Malmsten.
The world’s first Rodebjer store opened in Stockholm on friday. The store is designed by architect Ola Andersson at A1 Arkitekter with styling by set designer Liselotte Watkins. The concept was developed for Rodebjer by Ola Andersson, Stefania Malmsten and Liselotte Watkins. The graphic design; signs and a complete retail program is performed by Stefania Malmsten and Ulrika Hellberg at the studio.
In the current 20th anniversary issue of Swedish magazine Cap & Design, you can find an interview with Stefania about being one of the four most mentioned people in the history of the magazine.
The mid-career-exhibition Fiction Is No Joke, that opened last week at Liljevalchs art gallery, presents a selection of artist Sophie Tottie’s work, from the mid 1990’s and onwards. The catalogue, published by Liljevalchs and Hatje Cantz, along with poster, invite and adverts are designed by Stefania Malmsten with Ulrika Hellberg.
The campaign for Rodebjer Spring Summer 2007 was shot by Martina Hoogland Ivanow on location at the Smeds sisters summer house outside Eskilstuna. Stylist: Karin Smeds; hair & make up: Kristina Kullenberg; model: Agnes O. Art direction by Stefania Malmsten.
This evening Swedish National Television, SVT, runs the seventh programme of the contemporaray art show Arty. The title sequence is designed by Stefania with film maker Göran Olsson.
Stefania Malmsten is one of the contributors to Influences – A Lexicon of Contemporary Graphic Design, a Shift! publication by Anna Gerber and Anja Lutz, published by Die Gestalten Verlag. Stefania is also interviewed in Vad gör en art director, created by legendary art director Lars Hall. The first book about contemporary Swedish art direction.
The campaign for Rodebjer Autumn Winter 2006 is art directed by Stefania Malmsten. The photographs were shot by Andreas Larsson. Stylist: Karin Smeds; hair: Peter Andersson; make up: Kristina Kullenberg; model: Anna Karin.
The studio is currently preparing invites and graphic material for the Rodebjer Spring Summer 2007 Show at The American Ballroom during New York Fashion Week.
The catalogue for Whyred Autumn Winter 2006 is art directed and designed by Stefania Malmsten. The photographs were shot at Berns in Stockholm by John Scarisbrick. Stylist: Maria Virgin; hair and make up: Anya de Tobon; props: Zofi Nilsson; models: Julie Graz, Laura Delicata and Karl Johan Liljeberg.
This summer Moderna Museet shows the American artist Paul McCarthy. The exhibition is the biggest survey of his art so far. The poster, adverts, folder and other communication material are designed by Stefania Malmsten and Jacob Huurinainen.
New client this spring is accessories designer duo David & Martin, for whom the studio is designing a visual identity and creating a new website together with AGoodID.
The studio is also working on the graphic identity for The National Council for Architecture, Form and Design together with associates Kingston.
We just got the news that Swedens most prestigious graphic design-prize, the Berling Prize, for 2006 goes to Stefania Malmsten. The prize will be presented May 16 at the Royal Library in Stockholm.
”Stefania Malmsten tilldelas Berlingpriset 2006 för att hon med tillit till den typografiska bokstavens elementära former, till dess kraft och skönhet, visar att traditionsmedvetande går att förena med nyskapande och personligt uttryck. Hennes arbeten utmärks av analytisk klarhet och lyhördhet för uppdragets egenart. I en tid då den grafiska formgivningen alltmer överger sitt intresse för läsaren för att istället ägna all kraft till att fånga konsumentens uppmärksamhet visar Stefania en hoppfull väg; att det är fullt möjligt att uttrycka en cool samtidskänsla – ofta i kombinationen affektivt laddade fotografiska bilder och typografi – med respekt för betraktaren/läsarens vilja och önskan att lämnas ifred att läsa. Stefanias typografiska tilltal stimulerar både betraktaren och (den typografisk medvetne) läsaren i oss.”
Kingston design bureau are moving in! Creative director Johan Cnattingius, project manager Anna Engsner and graphic designer Anna Tribelhorn will share the studio with Stefania from today. The two companies will continue to work with their respective clients but also collaborate on bigger projects. Johan Cnattingius and Stefania Malmsten have worked together on various assignments since the early nineties and most recently with Liljevalchs.
The catalogue for Berghs School of Communication for 2006/2007, with Ola Rindals photographs printed on silver foil paper, is being distributed right now. This is the sixth catalogue that Stefania Malmsten has designed for Berghs.
The campaign for Rodebjer Spring Summer 2006 was art directed by Stefania Malmsten with Carin Rodebjer and Liselotte Watkins. Photography: Andreas Larsson; stylist: Karin Smeds; hair: Carina Finnström; make up: Kajsa Svanberg; model: Elsa Hosk.
Vårsalongen, The Spring Salon, opened this Saturday at Liljevalchs Art Gallery in Stockholm.
The poster, the catalogue and the information visualizations on Liljevalchs website were designed by Stefania together with associates Kingston. The information visualizations that the graphic design is based on were developed by Stefan Odelfalk at Panopticon.
The campaign for Rodebjer Autumn Winter 2005 was art directed by Stefania Malmsten with Carin Rodebjer and Liselotte Watkins. Photography: Aorta; stylist: Karin Smeds; hair: Carina Finnström; make up: Kristina Kullenberg; model: Louise Adkins/Select Models; producer: Lars Nilsson.
This is the new website for art director and graphic designer Stefania Malmsten and her studio. The website was developed with and constructed by AGoodID.
The 51st International Art Exhibition, La Biennale, opened in Venice on 6 June. The set of catalogues for the Nordic Pavilion were designed by Stefania Malmsten with Jacob Huurinainen.
The Studio is currently working on the campaign for Rodebjer S/S 2006; the annual art show Vårsalongen 2006 at Liljevalchs and the graphics for a documentary on soul legend Billy Paul with production company Story. Among other projects is a book with photographer Emanuel Almborg and the follow up to Watkins’ Heroine.