Astrid Sampe (1909-2002) was born in Stockholm, but had her roots in Sjuhäradsbygden in western Sweden. She was trained at the Swedish State School of Arts, Craft and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm, and later at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1937 she started working as a designer at Nordiska Kompaniet, and one year later she became the manager of the newly created NK Textile Studio (Textilkammaren). Astrid’s and Almedahls’ joint history dates back to the nineteen-fifties. At H55, the Exhibition in Helsingborg 1955, the Linen Line was introduced, a revolution of the Swedish linen cupboard, initiated and created by Astrid Sampe and including new sizes, patterns and colours of textiles, like napkins and tea-towels.
In the 1950’s printed towels were quite new and they became very popular in Sweden. Astrid Sampe’s “Persson’s Spice Rack”, dedicated to the ceramist Signe Persson Melin, who, in the early fifties, made a series of ceramic spice-jars with heads of cork, is one of the patterns that attracted much attention.
Josef Frank (1885 - 1967) was an Austrian-Swedish architect and one of the foremost representatives of modernism in Austria. Josef Frank created the Bows pattern during the period 1920-1930 as part of a larger collection of patterns mixing geometrical shapes with elements from nature.We proudly present a selection of products with the original Josef Frank Bows pattern.
Marianne Nilsson was one of the talented employees who worked for Astrid Sampe at NK Textilkammare. Marianne came from the Konstfack art school and was one of Astrid's closest collaborators. Together with Astrid, she participated in the famous H55 fair in Helsingborg in 1955. There she worked on the Linen line(Linnelinjen), presenting two of her best known patterns, Sill and Bagare Bergström, which are still adorning home products today.
Marianne was one of Sweden´s leading designers. During the 1950s she designed among other things the pattern Picknick. Almedahls started a cooperation with Marianne in the summer of 2009. The first step was to recreate Picknick on modern products. Picknick was followed by Pomona, Frisco and Belle Amie. When the magazine Scandinavian Retro (May, 2016) asked her what she thought of everything she had accomplished, she replied ”I´m not sure how to answer that but I have always had a great time”.