Design works of three Swedish princes whose lives span more than a century are exhibited at a "staircase showcase" at the National Museum, Stockholm.
An exhibit of design by members of Sweden's Royal Household - stretching over a century and including the current Prince Carl Philip - will be on display this summer in the National Museum in Stockholm.
Besides the Prince Carl Philip, who is second in line for the crown after his soon to be married sister, Crown Princess Victoria, the exhibit will include creations of Prince Eugén and Count Sigvard Bernadotte. Opening on May 28, the staircase showcase type exhibit will be located on a landing.
Common to the three designers, in addition to their royal birth, is their preference to create objects using simplified form. On the landing, the display shows two objects by Prince Eugén, seven from Count Sigvard Bernadotte and a cutlery series by Prince Carl Philip.
The fourth and youngest son of King Oscar II and Queen Sophia of Sweden, the popular and esteemed Prince Eugén Napoleon of Sweden (1865-1947) was widely acknowledged for the quality of his artwork, and while he produced numerous paintings, he also created monumental works of art for public spaces including Stockholm City Hall.
A major force in Scandinavian and international modern design, Sigvard Bernadotte became famous under his proper name and not by using his former royal title of "Prince," which was stripped from him when he married a commoner. Although he did not seek to return into the line of succession to the throne, he petitioned for restoration of his princely title over the years. Adamantly like his grandfather, today's King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden refused the request both in life and posthumously.
The second son of King Gustaf VI Adolf, Sigvard Bernadotte worked closely with the Danish design workshop of Georg Jensen, and later pioneered Nordic industrial design in a firm bearing his own name that produced an abundant assortment of everyday appliances, tools, tableware and household articles.
The only son of Sweden's current ruling Royal Couple, Prince Carl Philip (born 1979) studied design at Forsberg's school in Stockholm and at the Rhode Island School of Design. Besides design, the prince has worked with photography, which in recent years have been shown in exhibitions both in Sweden and internationally.
Design critics note that a study of these three shows a parallel between Prince Eugén’s influence because it was passed to his great nephew Sigvard, and in turn, Sigvard passed his own styles on to his great nephew, Prince Carl Phillip.