Bjørn Wiinblad

This week's featured designer is known for his eclectic maximalism, found in millions of homes all over the world

Bjørn Wiinblad (b. September 20th 1918 in Copenhagen - d. June 8th 2006) was a Danish ceramist and painter, internationally renown for his characteristic pieces, found today in millions of homes all around the globe.

The hightlights of his career are displayed on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York and at Kunstindustrimuseet in Copenhagen.

Wiinblad was a schooled typographer, but quickly found his passion for the arts. Among his many talents, he was also skilled at the piano.

Bjørn Wiinblad decorated everything from american cruise-ships to restaurants, christmas plates and playing card, with his humorous and colourful designs.

Wiinblad's main objective was to "give happiness to people", which is clearly reflected in his luxurious and over-the-top style with loads of colours, tight decorations with flowers, birds and doodles, and chubby figurines.

In many ways, Bjørn Wiinblad followed the beat of his own drum and wasn't afraid of standing out against the nordic tradition of clean, minimalist design.
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