Sigvard Bernadotte, 1907-2002, was born a Swedish prince and became an internationally renowned designer, illustrator and industrial designer.
Bernadotte was the son of King Gustaf VI Adolf. After he, as the first member of the royal family, finished his studies of art history and political science, he studied at the Technical School of Stockholm. Professor Olle Hjortzberg was one of his teachers and Bernadotte was greatly influenced by Hjortzberg’s minimalistic and focused design. This is the style that Bernadotte later became renowned for.
After World War II Bernadotte became the artistic leader of Georg Jensen in Copenhagen. A few years later he started the design company Bernadotte & Bjørn together with Acton Bjørn. He later moved on to start his own design studio, Bernadotte Design, in Stockholm.
Bernadotte was interested in theater, and created sketches for theater decor. He even studied theater in Germany and also worked as a director’s assistant in Berlin. He was later hired by cult firm Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Culver City. Bernadotte created a large number of movie posters during the 1940’s and 50’s.
Sigvard Bernadotte worked with almost all kinds of design. He designed an award winning can opener as well as silver items, rugs and even designed a bottle for a vodka brand. Bernadotte is widely represented at museums around the world, such as the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as in many museums in Sweden.