ESBJÖRN GRIP

Born 1993

“As a furniture and interior designer, I work with rooms as well as the objects within them. In my projects, drawing has always been a major part of both process and presentation. For me, drawing is the tool that can both explore and communicate my thoughts. When I was at art school, drawing was most important for me. I worked constantly to improve and was often disappointed with the results. It took years of practise before I finally felt that my pencil had become a reliable tool.

My projects often start with simple sketches and drawings that show concepts and shapes. These explorations can be both fast and accurate. While creating these images, I fall into a meditative state where I can reflect on the project. These drawings then follow me throughout the physical production of objects, models and furniture.

When presenting projects to others, I use drawings to help explain. I often find that images are easier to relate to than text.” […]

Esbjörn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from the Academy of Design and Crafts (Högskolan för design och konsthantverk) in Gothenburg (2019). He also studied Environmental Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, courses at Dômen konstskola in Gothenburg and preparatory art studies at KV Konstskola in Gothenburg.

Photo portrait: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck

Esbjörn Grip Den Tänkande Handen teckning utställning

Esbjörn Grip

Esbjörn Grip participates in the scholarship competition and exhibition with seven drawings created 2016–2020.

1. 'Monument', ballpoint pen on paper
2. 'Office house', ballpoint pen on paper
3. 'Elevator View', ballpoint pen on paper
4. 'Meeting Room', digital drawing
5. 'Public eating space', digital drawing
6. 'Co-living with beds', digital drawing
7. 'Frames to furniture', digital drawing

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THE SELECTION COMMITTEE'S MOTIVATION:
In Esbjörn Grip’s drawn scenes the room and its contents are the main characters. The people are more like props.With their black clothing, they collectively relate to the prescribed shape and purpose of the rooms. They find their occupations in everyday life, but the feeling of isolation is constantly present. They are placed like dissonant notes in a lopsided musical score.

1. MONUMENT
Ballpoint pen on paper, 2016. Origianl size 29,7x42 cm.
2. OFFICE HOUSE
Ballpoint pen on paper, 2018. Original size 21x29,7 cm.
3. ELEVATOR VIEW
Ballpoint pen on paper, 2018. Original size 21x29,7 cm.
4. MEETING ROOM
Digital drawing, 2018. Original size 25,4x25,4 cm.
5. PUBLIC EATING SPACE
Digital drawing, 2018. Original size 25,4x25,4 cm.
6. CO-LIVING WITH BEDS
Digital drawing, 2019. Original size 25,4x25,4 cm.
7. FRAMES TO FURNITURE
Digital drawing, 2020. Original size 44,14x33,87 cm.