Margrethe Odgaard

Textile and colour designer Margrethe Odgaard approach colour as a rich sensory experience. By immersing herself in the intricate interplay of colour, material, and light, she seeks a deeper understanding of how we experience and emotionally connect with our physical surroundings.

Balancing her time between commercial collaborations with renowned companies like Kvadrat, Muuto, Montana, HAY, and IKEA, and an artistic practice rooted in self-initiated research and unique work, Odgaard has showcased her work in solo exhibitions at prominent museums such as Willumsen’s Museum (DK), Röhsska Museum (SE), Designmuseo Helsinki (FI), and Munkeruphus (DK). Since 2023, she has  been associated with the Parisian gallery Maria Wettergreen, where her unique works are exhibited and made available for purchase

Her work has garnered numerous prizes and awards, including the Three-year work grant from The Danish Arts Foundation in 2015, the prestigious Torsten & Wanja Söderberg Prize in 2016 and most recent The Art, Design, and Architecture Prize from the Einar Hansen og Hustru fru Vera Hansens Fond in 2023.

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