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. Her clients include Kvadrat, Muuto, Montana, HAY, IKEA and Georg Jensen Damask, and her exhibition catalogue includes solo exhibitions at 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. The two designers design furniture and objects from the two simple questions: what if colour is seen as something suggesting form, and what it form is seen as something suggesting colour.

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
Denmark

Studio enquiries
hello@margretheodgaard.com

Intern enquiries
intern@margretheodgaard.com

Shades of Light, 2019

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Shades of Light invites you inside the studio of colour designer Margrethe Odgaard. Based on a hands-on sensory approach to colour, this book of 276 colours is a carefully curated collection of colours that come into their own in the delicate intensity of Nordic light.

‘At a market in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco I was handed my vegetables and nuts in plastic bags with gorgeous stripes in turquoise and orange-brown. I persuaded the vendor to sell me a whole roll of bags, but when I unpacked them back home, they had lost their lustre. A colour only truly works when it is compatible with the local light conditions, and the combination of turquoise and orange-brown plastic suddenly seemed alien and over the top in my Copenhagen life.’

The book is Dkk 525 and is sold and distributed through A. Petersen Crafts & Collection. International shipping available, read more here.

Over the course of two years, Louisiana Channel has followed the proces of making of ‘Shades of Light’, watch the interview with Margrethe Odgaard: