Margrethe Odgaard

Textile and colour designer Margrethe Odgaard works with colour as a full, sensory perception. With her intense focus on the interaction of colour, material and light, 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 are 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).

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
Strandgade 75 C
3000 Elsinore, Denmark

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Diorama for Kvadrat, 2019

MO D(K) 19


An evolution of the Panorama design, Diorama features a unicoloured horizontal block stripe, which in return is complimented by subtle vertical pinstripes. These run from the middle to the bottom of the design. As light travels through the fabric, the pinstripes appear to emerge from its surface, creating a vibrant surface with optical colour blends.

Fittingly, the name of the textile refers to a type of picture-viewing device of the 1800’s, which was created by painting on both sides of a transparent canvas. Almost unicoloured, the pinstripes explore perception and contrast: some combinations are bold and unexpected, while others are more tone-on-tone. Due to the weave, they can be seen from the backside of the curtain. Like Panorama, Diorama’s palette consists of earthy, subtle hues together with richer, brighter tones.

100% Trevira CS, 325 cm wide, 11 colourways