Margrethe Odgaard

Textile and colour designer Margrethe Odgaard apply herself to the sensual quality of colour in the surface. She works with colour as a full, sensory perception and believes that products made with the intention of nourishing the body and mind will have a positive impact on the viewer. With her intense focus on the interaction of colour, material and space, she aims to become clearer about how we as humans experience and emotionally connect with the world around us.

Odgaard shares her time equally between commercial collaborations and an artistic practice based on self-initiated research. On her client list is companies as Kvadrat, Muuto, Montana, HAY, and IKEA, and her exhibition catalogue includes solo exhibitions at Willumsen’s Museum (DK), Röhsska Museum (SE), Designmuseo Helsinki (FI), and Munkeruphus (DK). In 2015 she received the Three-year work grant from The Danish Arts Foundation and in 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Award (SE).

In addition to running her own studio, Margrethe Odgaard is part of the design duo Included Middle together with furniture designer Chris L. Halstrøm.

Before setting up her design studio in 2013, Odgaard worked as a printing assistant at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, USA, followed by seven years as textile designer in the French fashion company EPICE. She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2005 with additional studies at Rhode Island School of Design in USA.

Margrethe Odgaard Studio
Sturlasgade 14 T, 2.
Islands Brygge
2300 Copenhagen S

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Colour Diaries, 2018

MO CDJMI 15-17


On study-tours to Japan, Morocco and Iceland, Margrethe Odgaard has collected colour combinations found in architecture and objects on three different continents. Instead of writing about her travel impressions, Margrethe painted colour combinations found in architecture and objects on-site, which she found especially appealing or intriguing.

The number of three colours refer to the musical chord, a harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard simultaneously. Margrethe explains: “What began as a personal study has come to form an important aspect of my understanding of color and helped me realize how profoundly our choice of colors is influenced by the light and nature in a given culture, and how cultural preferences have roots in the way nature shaped life”.

The set of 3 books costs DKK 400 and is sold and distributed through A. Petersen Crafts & Collection. International shipping available. Read more here.

Louisiana Channel interviewed Odgaard about why she makes colour diaries: