”Signed Textile” took its start in 1954 when the Swedish department store NK launched a new collection of fabrics for the expanding public sector in Sweden. The idea was to improve the status of textile design as an art form by letting the artists sign their work. The copy right regulations regarding art work at the time was still neglected. This collection consists of 21 different patterns, some of them famous Swedish design classics. Karl Axel Pehrson´s ”Delfinisk Rörelse” (”Dolphinian Movements”) is still part of Ljungbergs assortment. It is sold by retailers both in Sweden and abroad.
This year we celebrate Signed Textile´s 50th anniversary by reproducing nine of the most popular patterns from the original collection. These have been sold exclusively at NK and STC-upholsterers since June 2, 2004. NK´s anniversary exhibition showed some of the most popular fabrics from 1954. This was the year that the fabrics in the project Signed Textiles became fully acknowledged as handicraft.
From this year on it is included in our ordinary collection and is sold by all our retailers. A world famous collection and a Swedish cultural heritage!