Artist home // Bjørn Wiinblad
With this post, I am starting the category ARTIST HOMES. Seeing homes and studios from famous artists is so inspiring! In the post My Dream Studio I already showed pictures of some cool studio spaces. But artists don’t only have super cool studios. Their entire houses or apartments are amazing. This first house I want to show you is the blue house of Bjørn Wiinblad in Denmark. My special thanks go to Herz & Blut because I am allowed to use their amazing images from the Wiinblad House Tour.
About Bjørn Wiinblad
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918 – 2006) was a Danish painter, designer, and artist in ceramics, textiles, and graphics. Characteristics of Wiinblad’s work include whimsical round-faced people, dressed in vaguely 19th-century costume. They are often surrounded by natural elements: twining vines, floral wreaths, and fantastical trees. When Wiinblad employed color, he did so with great assurance. His colors are saturated and strong and are often supplemented with metallic gold or silver. His guiding motive was “Give people pleasure”. What I like most about him is that he went his own ways. He stood out significantly from the simple and pure style Nordic design.
He was attached to the US Embassy in Paris as a poster designer. Later his posters illustrated Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens and many other activities in Denmark, as well as the New World Symphony Orchestra Academy in Miami, and the Royal Danish Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House. His textile work was also used for costumes for numerous ballets and stage presentations.
Most noteworthy Wiinblad was an important designer for the Rosenthal porcelain company. His most popular Rosenthal dinnerware design is Romance. It was a typical Wiinblad design in terms of its incredible level of fine decorative detail. Starting in 1971, he also designed an annual commemorative Christmas plate for Rosenthal. Wiinblad also designed ceramic pieces for Nymolle, a Danish pottery.
About the Blue House
The Blue House stands untouched after his death in 2006. It was Wiinblad’s own wish that his home should be an open home for artists and a living workshop for ceramic artists. The house encompasses the most fantastic interior. It consists of a large and comprehensive art collection. Most noteworthy it bears witness of a popular multi-artist who wanted to make people happy in his own quirky way.
My favorite room is the reading room. I need such a huge round table with countless books on it and sofas and chairs around the table. And look at all the small corners with sculptures and vases and bookshelves. Most of all the blue dining room with all the gorgeous china is absolutely charming.
If you plan to travel to Denmark you can visit the Blue House. The workshop and the shop can be visited every Tuesday between 10 a.m. – 12. a.m. from 1 March – 31 October (excluding school holidays).
The rest of the house is not open to the public. But it is possible for organizations and other large groups (minimum 16 persons) to visit the house by appointment. Here, one or more persons who have been close to Bjørn Wiinblad will guide around and tell stories and experiences from Bjørn Wiinblad’s amazing life. More details can be found on this website: bjornwiinblad.dk