Bo Fjaestad 1906-1991

Bo Krister Gustafsson Fjaestad was born in Arvika, Värmland on 13th June 1906. He was a Swedish sculptor, furniture designer and artist.

He was the son of the Swedish artists and craftsmen Maja Fjaestad (1837-1961) and Gustaf Fjaestad (1868-1948)

In 1922, alongside his parents, he was involved in the creation of the art industry collective Arvika Konsthantverk (Arvika Handicrafts) at The Rackstad Colony.

In 1923 he worked for the furniture manufacturer CR Lindstedt in Arvika, and, in 1924, received a scholarship from the Swedish Crafts Association and travelled to Paris. In Paris he worked as a carpenter at the Swedish Pavilion at The international Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts (WorldÂ’s Fair) in 1925.

Bo Fjaestad remained in Paris for a further two years studying painting and violin making. On his return to Sweden he set up his own furniture design business in Karlstad, and, in 1934, established 'Nyttokonst', a shopfront for arts and crafts in Karlstad. He returned to Rackstad in 1945 where he established his own workshop

Fjaestad exhibited at Galleri Gummesons, Stockholm (1922), Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg (1932), 'Värmland VisarÂ’ (1947) and was part of 'H55', Helsingborg (1955). He designed furniture for Firma Lars Holmström and produced glass designs for Eda Glasbruk. Examples of his works are held in the collections of Värmland's Museum, Karlstad and the Arvika Museum

Bo Fjaestad died in Arvika on 8th August 1991, aged 85.