February 12, 2013 by PO.P Press
We met up with Anna-Karin Malmsten in Stockholm, who designed most of the 2013 spring prints you’ll enjoy this season us. Many fans of Polarn O. Pyret have been collecting our Swedish-styled prints for decades so we wanted to give you a little background into this year’s patterns and prints and what is planned for fall.
Q: Anna, tell us about the 2013 spring prints and patterns.
A: There will be delightful mix of prints with inspiration from many decades.
The first spring collection is sporty, inspired by American high school- and college styles. The landscape prints are playful and front prints have romantic small flowers and sporty themes.
The next collection is inspired by the 50’s and 60’s when leisure time and holiday became a symbol of something modern. Camping, classic cars and a range of colors with pastels set the tone. The robot print, specifically, is inspired by the mid-century fascination with space and space travel, and I wanted to add the feeling of old tin toys, as if they were made of 50-century scrap.
The third period is more bohemian 1970’s, inspired by the flower power movement and music festivals. You will find prints of flowers, instruments and text. Instead of the graphical expression, I have worked with a more vibrant hand-drawn feel and have been inspired by the simple, rough printing techniques like block printing and batik.
Q: Where do you find your inspiration for new patterns that you will design in the future?
A: From everywhere! It can be anything from characters, moods and color combinations in a movie or book, or from graffiti around town. But it’s also inspiring to look back to the earlier style époques. I also like to play with, renew and combine different ages.
Q: Polarn O. Pyret’s landscape prints have become collectors’ items in some places. What’s it like to work on those kinds of patterns?
A: It is a challenge but great fun! Often I have an idea of how I want it, and what different parts to be included, but then I’m not really sure how to build it. The repeating of the pattern is important to get a good rhythm, and “float” in the final result.
Q: Do you have any particular personal favorites when it comes to the landscape prints either now or in the past?
A: An old favorite of mine is a print from the spring of 2006, that a famous Swedish designer Kerstin Teghammar designed. It is reminiscent of a rural Swedish fairytale landscape with a hand-drawn mannerism.
Among my own prints, I especially like the India-inspired prints from the last collection of Fall 2012, which is still available in some sizes online. Its base is a sort of rural Indian city where characterful animals and traffic co-exist.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m currently working with a circus-inspired landscape print that will be found on different styles for November. The circus theme will be part of the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection for Newborn up to 6 years.
What have been some of your favorite Polarn O. Pyret prints over the years?