Monica Förster

Monica Förster, the Stockholm-based creator of some of the most internationally renowned objects in contemporary Swedish design today, grew up close to the Arctic circle in the very north of Sweden. Her work is characterized by a strong sense of pure form mixed with a never ending curiosity for new materials and technology. Always trying to work in a cross-disciplinary way, she invents and renews typologies in industrial, furniture and object design.

As one of the top names within Swedish design, Förster has created many of the future’s classic designs. The Monica Förster Design Studio works on an international level with companies such as Cappellini, Poltrona Frau, De Padova, Tacchini, Modus, E&Y Japan, Offecct, Swedese and Zero.

Förster has been awarded Swedish and international awards such as Designer of the Year, Sweden, 2007 and 2006. Excellent Swedish Design Award, Design Plus in Germany, and Future Designer Days Award 2002. She has also been represented in the International Design Yearbook. In addition, Förster is a teacher and lecturer in the field of design, often at the invitation of universities and institutions in Sweden and abroad.


1997 Konstfack, University of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
1995 Beckmans School of Design, Stockholm, Sweden

Yearly exhibiting at following fairs

Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan (I)
Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stockholm (S)
ICFF, New York (USA)
100% Design, London (UK)
imm cologne, Cologne (D)


2010 Best Domestic Design, UK, Wallpaper
2009 The Art Grants Committee, Five-year Grant
2008 Best Carpet of the Year, Sweden, Residence Magazine
2007 Designer of the Year, Sweden, Elle Interior
2006 Best Chair, Residence Magazine
2006 Designer of the Year, Sweden
2006 Design S, Nominee
2005 Best Product 2005, Time Magazine
2004 The Art Grants Committee, Five-year Grant
2004 Coolest Invention of 2004, Time Magazine
2003 Designer of the Year, Yo Stockholm
2002 FutureDesignDays Award
2002 Excellent Swedish Design with Honourable Mention
2000 Design Plus, Germany
1999 Sweden Innovation Centre Grant
1999 The Art Grants Committee, Two-years Grant
1998 Sweden Innovation Centre Grant
1997 The Art Grants Committee, One-year Grant
1995 Beckmans School of Design Final Scholarship

Selected exhibitions and solo exhibitions 2010-1999

2010 Lantern, Poltrona Frau, Zona Tortona, Milan, Italy
2009 Lanterns, separate exhibition, Berns, Stockholm, Sweden
2009 Ominous, separate exhibition, Nordic Light Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden
2009 Aurora Cansles, separate exhibition, Svensk Form, Architect Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 Total Recall, separate exhibition, Designgalleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 Swedish Female Design, Lei chair, National Museum of Science and Technology, Sweden
2007 Flame, solo exhibition, Stockholm Furniture Fair
2006 Herd, solo exhibition, Stockholm Furniture Fair
2005 Close Cousins, solo exhibition, Stockholm Furniture Fair
2005 New Scandinavian Design, New York, Scandinavia House
2005 New Scandinavian Design, Toronto
2005 New Scandinavian Design, San Fransisco
2005 Four Stories, Swedish Style in Australia, Melbourne, Australia
2005 Four Stories, Swedish Style in Australia, Sidney, Australia
2004 Beyond Blond, Los Angeles, USA
2004 New Swedish Glass Design, New York, USA
2004 New Swedish Glass, Cibone, Tokyo, Japan
2004 New Swedish Glass, Tools Galerie, Paris, France
2003 4 Stories, Bangkok, Thailand
2003 Swedish Innovations, Museu da Casa Brasileira, Sao Paolo, Brazil
2003 4 Stories, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2003 MOON CACTUS, solo exhibition in Tokyo, E&Y Japan
2003 Collex Living, At Home with David, Tokyo
2002 Scandinavian Design Beyond The Myth,Vitra Museum, Berlin, Germany
2002 Milan in a Van,Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
2002 Routsi – Finland, Artek, Helsinki, Finland
2002 Galleri Pascal Cottard Olsson, glass exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Swedish Style in Tokyo, Japan
2002 La Labyrinthe du Futur, Bordeaux, France
2002 Interieur 02, Kortrijk, Belgium
2002 New Brave Glass, Totem Design, New York, USA
2002 New Brave Glass, Skruf Showroom, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 New Brave Glass, Swedish Style, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Abitare il Tempo,Verona, Italy
2001 Imaginary Discoteca Mobile Home, Tokyo, E&Y Japan
2001 Fine Feminine Form, Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2001 E & Y Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
2001 3D+ staging 3D design, Bruxelles, Belgium
2001 3D+ staging 3D design, Dublin, Ireland
2001 3D+ staging 3D design, Berlin, Germany
2000 Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris
2000 Objects, The Olympic Games, Sydney, Australia
2000 Design Plus, Frankfurt, Germany
2000 NK, Svenska Former, Stockholm, Sweden
2000 Ny Sydsvensk form, Designcenter Malmö, Sweden
1999 Empty Spaces, The German Patent Office, Munich