" From the world's most circulated material, iron, I create clear forms that seduce with stylish elegance. Rust is the decaying process of the metal, like a flower that withers. I find my inspiration in nature. That's how it started, that I found a rusty piece of tin. Where it came from and how long it had been there I don't know, but with its patina and various layers of rust it seduced me. The piece of metal was hard and nasty, gave me blisters, cuts and burns. But passion and curiosity took me further, and the first thing I created was a lily. That's how I work. With contrasts in form and material and turning traditional concepts around. And by allowing myself to be seduced…”


- Elena Berg Österdahl

Welding Berg Österdahl
Photo: Anders Nyberg

To see and find out more, visit the website: www.bergosterdahl.se

Elena Berg Österdahl is a designer and artist who primarily creates furniture and sculptural decorations in metal, concrete and wood for both indoor and outdoor use. She draws inspiration from the nature of Gotland - the Swedish island where she was born and raised. So it began, she found a rusty piece of metal, and with its patina and various layers of rust, it almost seduced her. Now the rusty metal is her trademark, and from it she creates amazing flower collections that are beautiful both indoors and outdoors. Elena spends her summers in her studio in Havdhem on Gotland and her winters in her studio in the Swiss Alps in the village of Gryon.


Elena Berg Österdahl
Photo: Linnea Ronström