2019 marks the centenary of Märta Måås-Fjetterström establishing her workshop (‘MMF’) in Båstad, Sweden and becoming one of the most significant figures in the history of 20th-Century Scandinavian rug making and textile design. She reversed the decline of traditional techniques, exploring a wide variety of styles and her studio promoted hand-crafted carpets, rugs and wall-hangings that are today highly sought after and prized by collectors and designers.
Måås-Fjetterström’s work was widely exhibited, including the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Paris in 1925 and at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 1929 and her work soon became highly desirable commodities. The modernist architects and designers Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Ray Eames all espoused and endorsed Scandinavian textile design of this period, perceiving its aesthetic quality in complimenting metalwork and hard wood favoured in their modern designs, and this all helped in making Måås-Fjetterström’s studio an important centre for rug and carpet production.
With over 700 designs, her work was known for its exceptional quality, craftsmanship, attractive textural characteristics and technical superiority whether flat-weave, knotted pile works or where both techniques were combined. After her death in 1941, her legacy was continued by Barbro Nilsson, who took up the mantle as the workshop’s director, and was joined by the designer Marienne Richter. The workshop creates Märta’s designs and new works in beautifully subtle patterns and colours to this day, and early examples are now highly prized for their virtuosity which influenced and set a standard for Nordic textile design throughout the 20th Century.
We are delighted to offer a selection of lots (114 - 121) in our forthcoming 14 November MODERN MADE auction that show examples of her work and workshop and those who she influenced in mid-20th Century Scandinavian textile design.
AUCTION | MODERN MADE: Modern Art, Design & Studio Ceramics | Thursday 14th November at 1pm
VIEWING | Tues 12th Nov 10am – 5pm | Wed 13th Nov 10am - 5pm | Morning of sale from 10am
LOCATION | NOHO STUDIOS, 46 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QA