Medusa Design Projects
Petra Lilja is a trained industrial designer exploring the field between hand made and industrially produced objects, with the aim to find sustainable solutions. MEDUSA DESIGN PROJECT is her ongoing project consisting of a series of cross-border projects between design, craft and performance. The concept has got a fundamental aspect of sustainability. Medusa turns wood into stone so that we avoid polluting quarrying. This transformation is done with the help of decorative painting – a traditional craft anchored in our own cultural history.
During the first days of the exhibition Petra Lilja will be working in the exhibition, making and decor painting jewelry. Her methods consists of deconstruction and remixing new and recycled materials. Using deconstructed parts of old furniture that lost their function, she aims to raise the value of the material by recomposing them into new objects. Besides jewelry, Petra Lilja also shows mirrors, glasses and textile. The Medusa Blanket is designed in collaboration with Icelandic design collective Vik Prjónsdóttir. Petra Lilja’s new furniture prototypes, Work Space Mini, is a series of furniture (table, stool and room dividers) designed for small creative homes that needs multifunctional furniture for office as well as workshop use.
Petra Lilja Design studio is based Malmö, Sweden, and also contains a design gallery. The gallery shows a mix of up- and coming designers as well as internationally well-known names. Petra Lilja also works as a freelance curator, and her exhibition The Future is Handmade, for Kalmar Art Museum, is touring Sweden throughout the year. She is also the program coordinator for the design master program at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden.