Åsa Jungnelius, born 1975, is an artist who takes on assignments as a designer to reach a wider audience. Her work as a designer is a reflection of her art, which is powered by working with questions and issues that she finds interesting. When she designs, she takes pieces of her artistry and makes it available - an example is the collection Make-up that she created for Kosta Boda as a mini version of an art installation.
Åsa finds inspiration in her own reality. She is interested in how materiality, space and objects change and affect people, our relationship to each other and our surroundings, as well as how it reflects our time. She doesn’t see art as something separate from our lives, and considers it relevant to be involved in designing our surroundings. For her as a designer, it's about the atmosphere she can create in those environments, and she loves to create things aimed at a wider audience and to create the reality of where people are.
Åsa has worked with glass as a material since she was 17. She has worked with Kosta Boda since 2007, and today she’s also a lecturer at the University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack). She has previously initiated and run Residence-In-Nature, WeWorkInAFragileMaterial and LASTSTUDIO. One of her larger works includes the art installation Snäckan (Seashell), which in a tribute to motherhood will embrace the upcoming metro station Hagaplan in Stockholm. Over the years, she has received a number of awards - for example, she’s been named Designer of the Year in Sweden by both FORM AWARD and EDIDA (Elle Decoration International Design Award), she’s a two-time winner of the Elle Decoration Swedish Design Award, and has received both the Form Award and the Bukowski Born Classic for her designs.
“I make objects that I think might enrich the world. What does an enjoyable drinking glass look like? I want to make a glass in a way so that the glass feels enjoyable - because then when we use that glass, we’ll see each other and our own existence.” – Åsa Jungnelius