At the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest last Saturday, the spotlight was comprehensively stolen by Nu’s friend, the avant garde designer Bea Szenfeld, as her fascinating and freaky paper costumes filled the stage.
Bea, who is a graduate of Stockholm’s Beckmans School of Design, and still has her studio in the city, has designed for Bjork and Lady Gaga (see her pieces in the G.U.Y video), but became a household name when she won Sweden’s equivalent of Project Runway.
We first got to know the visionary Stockholm-based designer when she created an installation about the future of the workplace, called ‘Keeping Things in Mind’, which was exhibited at the Designgalleriet during Stockholm Design Week 2013, and later presented by Bea herself at Kinnarps’s London HQ for Clerkenwell Design Week.
Here’s Kinnarps’ video of Bea, where she tells us about her approach to design, falling out of love with the fashion industry, and her obsession with ‘The Office’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBdtPDP-FSg
Header images: Inspirationist
Bea Szenfeld & Workspace images: Kinnarps