Swedish ceramicist and industrial designer

Artistic leader at Gustavsberg from 1949-1957 and 1972-1978.

Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was educated at Tekniska Skolan in Stockholm, Sweden. He apprenticed at Gustavsberg as a student of Wilhelm Kåge between 1937-1940. In 1957 he became head instructor at Konstfackskolan in Stockholm and in 1970 Lindberg recived honorary title of professor.

In the beginning of 1942 Lindberg and Kåge started Gustavsberg Studio with the intention to seperate the unique production from the serial productions. Their first effort was introduced at Gustavsberg´s Store in Stockholm that very spring and was called "Faience Painted this Spring". This was the beginning of Lindberg’s free-spirit and colorful production of glazed earthenware.

In the mid 1940’s Lindberg created figurines in chamotte, a material made of fired and then crushed stoneware clay mixed together with wet clay. The pieces had a coarser texture with slightly surrealistic and poetic qualities.

Later on he worked with stoneware vessels that had stricter forms, but never were conventional, always breaking the barrier of acceptable norms. Lindberg also designed dinner ware for Gustavsberg: LB, Servus, Spisa, Birka and many more.

He designed plastic household goods as well as bathtub for Gustavsberg. For Målerås glassworks he designed glass between 1945-47, and did textile designs for NK Textil division starting in 1947. Playing cards, book covers, illustrations for children’s book and electronic equipment also recived there designs from Lindberg. He used the enameling technique for bathtubs and applied it to enameled paintings.

During the 1960’s Lindberg also worked on large scale ceramic installations for public space. The most famous being the 38 meter (125 ft) long wall in the waiting room at Nacka Hospital.

Exhibitions: Stig Lindberg has contributed to all major exhibitions in Sweden and abroad. In addition Lindberg had solo exhibits in Europe, Japan and USA. At the Triennale in Milano of 1948 and 1957 Lindberg received a Gold Medal and in 1951 and 1954 he recevied the Grand Prix.

Museum representation: Lindberg is represented in all major Scandinavian museums as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and others.

Selected literature: Stig Lindberg, Swedish Artist and Designer by Berndt Klyvare and Dag Widman, Rabén & Sjögren, Stockholm 1962.
Stig Lindberg - Formgivare, Nationalmuseum catalog, Stockholm 1982.
Designed for Delight, Montreal Museum Of Decorative Arts, Montreal 1997.
Tusenkonstnären Stig Lindberg, Gisela Eronn, Prisma, Stockholm 2003.
Stig L., Tidskriften Västerbotten nummer 2, Västerbottens Museum 2005.