Emma Olbers’s story is the story of the country girl who moved to Stockholm to study at beckmans college of design and only three years later received an award for her graduation project, worked for Ikea and Thomas Eriksson Arkitekter and eventually opened her own studio. That was nineteen years ago, and today, the established designer is engaged in creative collaborations with several major Scandinavian design brands. As a designer, Olbers is involved in every step of the process – from the development of products and portfolios to branding and everything in between.
Sustainability and product lifecycles are key concerns for the Swedish designer and core values that she strives to incorporate in her work in the form of recyclable and reusable components in her designs. Minimising the use of metal parts. Using recyclable elements in her constructions. Avoiding the use of harmful substances in production. The ultimate vision for Emma Olbers is to be able to create products and furniture that can go directly on the compost heap when they are scrapped – because according to Olbers, ‘Transparency is the new green’. Together with her clear ideas and hands-on craftsmanship, Emma Olbers’s rural ballast from the Swedish countryside is part of the reason why she is such a successful designer today, acknowledged for her flair for contemporary, modern furniture with a clear and down-to-earth Scandinavian quality.