Marianne Richter

Marianne Richter was one of Barbro Nilsson’s former students chosen to help renew the studio in the early 1940’s. Bold, optimistic colors are a true Richter signature!


In 1937, as a young student at Konstfack (1935–1939), Marianne Richter was invited to work for Märta Måås-Fjetterström in Båstad during some summers. Among other things she helped develop working drawings for some of Märta Måås’ sketches and produced watercolours that were used as promotional material. In 1942, just after Barbro Nilsson took up her post as artistic director, Marianne Richter was employed by the studio as a designer. Just as Barbro Nilsson before her, Marianne Richter combined her work as a designer with a teaching career at Konstfack. Marianne Richter produced sketches and working drawings for rugs and fabrics for the studio in Båstad until the mid-1970s. Her largest project was the 200-square-metre wall hanging for the United Nations building in New York in 1952. Other important commissions include large knotted pile rugs for several Swedish embassies; such as the lustrous red Blommor och blad for the Swedish Embassy in Buenos Aires and Forsythia for the Swedish legation in Tehran. In addition, Marianne Richter painted sketches for gobeläng flat weaves, which were often woven in MMF AB’s studio Stockholm, sometimes by her daughter Sara Richter. In 1974 they wove an entire feature wall, Ett skepp kommer lastat, for the Swedish Embassy in Brasilia. Many of her compositions were created for boardrooms and hotels and subsequently reproduced in different dimensions for private residences. Marianne Richter’s compositions for the studio are characterised by vivid colours, geometric forms, pattern variations and a great number of colour combinations.