Photography: Kjell B. Persson
Beckmans School of Design, Form Line, 1992-95
Runs her own business in Stockholm.
“My driving force as a designer is finding and understanding my personal formula. Inspiration from nature takes up a large space in my creativity in terms of shapes and colors. But also emotional aspects. Different fragments are mixed and often show expression with Asian influences. It is organic and structured at the same time.
Barbro Berlin’s first designed object for Klong is the kitchen tool Gondol.
“With Gondol, I feel I have expressed my ultimate aspiration: an obvious combination of those senses that arouse emotions and functionality. When you remove Gondol from its case you feel you are performing a Japanese ritual. Gondol has something magical and timeless about it, I like it” she says.
Today Barbro Berlin shares her workshop and collaborates with Pia Amsell. Their designs include products for the dining table, printed fabrics and lights.
“Our collaboration is a fun addition to our individual creativity. Together we create something different, than we would have individually. Perhaps it is because we draw out more from our feminine sides ” believes Barbro Berlin.