Interview with Interior Designer Louise Liljencrantz

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    Liljencrantz Design director Louise Liljencrantz, based in Stockholm, Sweden, shares insight into her holistic approach to designing interiors and furniture.

    Since she established her own studio in 2009, Louise Liljencrantz has become one of Sweden’s most respected designers with her trademark mid-century inspired interiors and handcrafted furniture line. Louise’s penchant for organic shapes and textures, coveted design pieces and moody colour palettes landed her a place in our 2019 Top Ten international Designers off the back of one of her most recognisable projects, Stradvagen.

    We sat down with Louise to discuss her worldly influences, collaborative furniture range and her insatiable appetite for designing meaningful and personalised spaces.

    Could you tell us a bit about your interior design background and the journey to starting your own practice?

    Louise Liljencrantz: I worked in the fashion industry for many years, but it was never something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. When I turned 30, I decided to go back to school to study graphic design. When I graduated, I already had started my interior design firm for my first project, and from that first project, it just took off. For me, I learn best by doing as I’m an incredibly passionate and curious person.

    What is one guiding design philosophy you always stand by?

    Louise Liljencrantz: I aim to transform the passion, emotions, and unspoken codes that a person radiates into something physical. I create environments that make you feel at ease – the balance between objects and materials are the key to everything.

    Aside from your interior design projects, you also have your own line of cabinetry, furniture and accessories. How is this range a reflection of your practice?

    Louise Liljencrantz: We’ve created two distinguished furniture brands, Liljencrantz x K.F.K Master Cabinet Makers and Veermakers, that will never compromise on production, material, or design. Almost all the furniture I design stems from an initial custom piece from an interior design scheme; I find they get their life from the space. Then, if we think they would be a good fit for one of our brands, we’ll produce them as part of one of our collections and make them available to the public.

    Who or what has had the largest influence on your work?

    Louise Liljencrantz: My travels around the world and the work of old school designers and architects like Carlo Scarpa, Jean-Michel Frank, Donald Judd, Piero Portaluppi, Josef Frank and Eileen Gray and Alberto Giacometti serve as a constant inspiration and influence on my designs.

    “I always aim to draw on culture, curiosity, depth and the senses in someone’s home. My desire is to create an immediate sense of interest and belonging. I will not be satisfied until this is accomplished, and I always go with my gut feeling.”

     

    – Interior designer Louise Liljencrantz

    How would you describe your aesthetic?

    Louise Liljencrantz: Elegant, high-quality and timeless.

    What are you most passionate about when designing people’s homes?

    Louise Liljencrantz: I always aim to draw on culture, curiosity, depth and the senses in someone’s home. My desire is to create an immediate sense of interest and belonging. I will not be satisfied until this is accomplished, and I always go with my gut feeling.

    What do we have to look forward to from Liljencrantz Design in the next year?

    Louise Liljencrantz: We have three different collaborations with some of Scandinavia’s top brands that we will launch later this year. The first one out is really soon in September; a walk-in robe called Palazzo produced with Kvänum. I can’t wait to share it!

    Design Insider’s Guide:

    Favourite local designer?

    Louise Liljencrantz: Daniel Östman Interiors

    Favourite design stores?

    Louise Liljencrantz: I love antique and mid-century stores. Jacksons and Modernity in Stockholm both have quality vintage furniture and beautiful showrooms and stores.

    Favourite galleries or spaces? 

    Louise Liljencrantz: The Acne Studios head office and the Nationalmuseum in Sweden.

    Where do you go to look at great design?

    Louise Liljencrantz: Art Basel, Biennale Venezia, Milan and New York.

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