of the graphically simple.
Jonas Wagell is a Swedish architect and designer born in 1973. The studio JWDA was founded in 2008 and is today located in a converted car repair shop in central Stockholm, but collaborations span from Scandinavia to China, Italy and North America.
Wagell’s architecture work is perhaps most known for the prefab house concept Mini House (2007-2012), early recognized by Wallpaper* Magazine which named him one of the “world’s 50 hottest young architects” shortly after graduation in 2008. Today the work is primarily focused on product and furniture design, but on occasion the studio also consults with art and design direction.
Jonas Wagell’s design has been described as minimal with soft and friendly shapes. He was introduced to design through an interest in graphics, print and typography and perhaps this has influenced today’s work with simplistic and clear, but expressive design language.
Today the studio’s design collaborations include Scandinavian companies such as Menu, Normann Copenhagen and Muuto, but also Tacchini in Italy, Design Within Reach in USA and Zaozuo in China, to name a few.
Jonas Wagell is trained in graphics, communication, furniture design and architecture at schools including Konstfack University College of Arts and Crafts and Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm, as well as Parsons School of Design in New York City. Wagell has a former career in strategic project management and communication.
Although the studio’s focus today is primarily on design rather than architecture, the approach remains diverse – from furniture and lighting to tableware and consumer accessories.
Words by Rachel Morgan for Menu A/S
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