Näver i Juxtaposition  Juxtaposed Birch Bark (2018)

For her master thesis at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Design in Copenhagen Högman researched ways of combining the traditional birch bark crafts to modern furniture production. Högman introduced old ways of processing the material to new machines.

The results from the material research was shown at the graduate exhibition at KADK, where Högman also presented a chair designed with birch bark as a seating material and metal frames to show how the material can be used in a modern furniture production.

Pia Högman is a designer with a great interest in exploring and deveoping traditional materials and techniques. Applying old working methods within a modern context to conserve, modernize and learn from a historical way of creating.

Her work is often hands on and with a close relationship to the raw material within the design process, experimenting and researching new ways of using traditional techniques with sustainable, local or in other ways interesting resources.

Högman graduated from the masters program in furniture design at The Royal Dansih Academy of Fine Arts School of Architechture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen in June 2018.

Based in Malmö, Sweden


Form/Design Center
Project coordinator
Malmö, Sweden
2021.03.30 - present

Konst-Kultur Region Gävleborg
Falnande Språk - Ur Finnskogen
Nomadic Residency
Gävleborg och Dalarna, Sweden
2020.09 - 2020.12

Form/Design Center, Business Sweden
Going Pro, Southern Sweden Design Days
Malmö, Sweden

Form/Design Center, Svensk Form Syd -
SPOK - sustainable production and consumption
Administrative assistant
Malmö, Sweden
2019.11 - 2020.02

Ma-tt-er - Material Designers Workshop
London, Great Brittain

Sustainable Business Hub, Sysav, VA SYD -
UpCycle Challange - Trash to Treasure
Malmö, Sweden

Anton Alvarez project - The Thread Wrapping Machine
Stockholm, Sweden

Furniture design (MA)
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2016 - 2018

Furniture and Spatial design (BA)
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
2011 - 2015

Man and Public Space (Exchange program)
Design Academy Eindhoven
2013.09.04 - 2014.02.09

Fördjupade designstudier (Summer course)
HDK, University of Gothenburg

Interior and spatial design
Hällefors Folkhögskola

Southern Sweden Design Days
Form/Design Center
Malmö, Sweden
- May 2021 -

Alla tiders näver
Järvsö, Sweden

Løsninger - Afgangsudstilling
KADK, Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé
Köpenhamn, Denmark
2018.06.30 - 2018.08.19

Collapsible Chair
Kyoto Institute of Technology
Kyoto, Japan

Kulturkiosken IDKA
Gävle, Sweden
2015.03.27 - 2015.04.24

In search of Istanbul
Nachtegaallaan 15
Eindhoven, Netherlands
2014.02.06 - 2014.02.09

Greenhouse - Stockholm Furniture Fair
Stockholm, Sweden
2013.02.02 - 2013.02.09


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