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Designer Emma Olbers wins AD Magazine Interior Designer of the Year Award

Swedish designer Emma Olbers has won the Interior Design of the Year 2019 Award for the AD Magazine Germany contest. Emma won the award for her interior design for the Old Library in the newly renovated National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. 

The Awards was handed out during the AD Design Summit that took place in Munich, November 26. This year's theme was Sustainable Elegance. 

 – This is so incredibly great, for me it means a lot when the theme this year also was Sustainable Elegance. The jury had noticed how carefully we selected the materials when we were drawing the old library. I truly feel honoured with this award, says Emma Olbers. 

The Library rug (Biblioteket rug) is an important part of the room's interior and it has been designed especially for this interior project in collaboration between Emma Olbers & ASPLUND. 

 – It was so great co-operating with Emma through this process. This is an honor also for us at ASPLUND, a creative recognition as well as sustainable one.  At ASPLUND we have for almost 3 decades worked with manufacturing as sustainably as possible. As a producer we have found it our mission to make furniture and carpets that will last a lifetime and even more, that is part of our company philosophy, says ASPLUND Creative Director Sandra Adrian Asplund. 

About the Biblioteket rug:
Biblioteket rug is a hand-knotted rug with design that represents a mixture of Emma’s first sketches of the Old Library in National Museum. With its three arches and three large windows at the top, in the middle rows of books in the old bookshelf and at the bottom the newly laid oak parquet.

The rug is made out of Tencel®, a new sustainable material made of wood. You can read more about Tencel, as a material for carpets and rugs here. 

Read more about the new ASPLUND Biblioteket rug here. The rug has just been made available through ASPLUND for worldwide sales. 

About Emma Olbers: 
Emma Olbers is a Swedish designer and creative director. Her mission is to try to design sustainable products – good and sustainable from all aspects, including being good for our planet. In her studio at Södermalm in Stockholm, where she has been working for almost 20 years, sustainability has been consistent throughout everything she creates. Products should preferably be made from simple and natural materials, be carefully produced and last for a long time. She has collaborated with a number of Scandinavian companies. 

Find more information at Emma Olbers webpage

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ASPLUND - one of the most prominent Scandinavian design companies founded in 1990 by brothers Michael and Thomas Asplund. Starting as a gallery, they have transitioned into a one of a kind design institution. The company consists of ASPLUND Collection (furniture and carpets assigned the ASPLUND brand), The ASPLUND Store (a high-end design store, were you can find both pieces from ASPLUND Collection among with other prominent design brands), ASPLUND KÖK (kitchen assigned the ASPLUND brand), ASPLUND Studio and ASPLUND Contract, which offer customized interior solutions for all types of projects.


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