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Kerstin H. Holmquist

Kerstin H. Holmquist

Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist (1925-1997) was a Swedish modernist architect and designer. She is remembered today, for her ability to create designs for the modern home in the 1950's without worrying about short lived trends and what other people thought - to stay true to her own unique and humanistic design vision.   

 She often worked with her husband Erik Holmquist, and together they modelled and created the pieces together. A key aspect for the couple was always to test out their designs in their own home before completing a project.    

"I think both furniture and textiles, wherever they end up, must be kind, gentle and courteous, but without losing their character. They should have human qualities, not be pompous and only stand alone, but able to adapt to the environment they end up in..."

Holmquist worked and studied in England from 1946-47 immediately after the war where she also studied art history and became fascinated with the classic English upholstered furniture and style. Something that without a doubt inspired her own creations later in life while she still developed her own expression. She returned to Sweden where she attended and graduated Konstfack from 1948-52.

Her timeless and iconic 'Paradiset' collection was created during her employment with NK - Nordiska Kompaniet in 1956-57 and holds a soft simplicity, they are unique in their appearance - light, clean lines and gracious with an air of romance. Today her designs are highly treasured collectibles and rarely to be found on auctions.


Kerstin H. Holmquist created this unique collection of upholstered pieces for NK - Nordiska Kompaniet in 1956-57. She was employed at NK Triva, a furniture workshop and architect studio where she created this collection for one of her many exhibitions. She named her pieces inspired by Paradiset (Swedish for Eden or Paradise).  The first piece in the collection was the feminine lounge chair - Eva and later followed its masculine counterpart, Adam. To compliment the two she later also created a sofa - the Paradiset sofa and also a foot stool - the Fig Leaf. In the following years,  the series was extended to include a foot stool called the Fig Leaf and other variations of  lounge chairs and tables.


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