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
Sturlasgade 14 T, 2.
Islands Brygge
2300 Copenhagen S

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Colour Palette for Montana, 2019



Collection of 30 new industrial varnishes for Montana Furniture. The process of developing the new colour palette for Montana has been rooted in a body-mind philosophy: the belief that our bodies long to be cared for, to be heard, and to have space. The colours should, in every way possible, refer to the body and relate to sensory perception and tactility. The names of the colours all refer to the senses and are easy to remember and pronounce: examples include Truffle, Pomelo, Chamomile, Oyster, Mushroom and Pine.

It’s important how the colours relate to other senses such as scent, taste and touch. If the colour has a balanced and nourishing expression, if it evokes memories of pleasurable tastes or scents, you are much more prone to surround yourself with it in your home,” explains Margrethe Odgaard.